The Atlanta Falcons are looking to do something they have never done in franchise history: win the Super Bowl. Of course, to do that, they will have to beat the New England Patriots, no easy task, but a win would take them off a list on which no one wants to find themselves; Atlanta is one of 13 teams in the NFL to have never won a Super Bowl.
Atlanta has been to a Super Bowl, having lost to the Denver Broncos in 1999’s Super Bowl XXXIII (after the 1998 season). Like that year, this year will see the Falcons as the second-seed in the NFC, facing the AFC’s top seed, this time in the Patriots rather than the Broncos.
(Fun side note, the 1998 season was back when the NFL still only had 30 teams and three divisions per conference. The AFC East landed the second seed (New York Jets - division champions), the four seed (Miami Dolphins), fifth seed (Buffalo Bills), and the sixth seed (New England Patriots), leaving just the Indianapolis Colts out of the playoffs from the division.)
The last team to win their franchise’s first Super Bowl was in 2014 when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
There are four franchises in the NFL which have never made a Super Bowl appearance: the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Five teams have made it past their conference championship once, but lost that lone Super Bowl appearance: the Arizona Cardinals, the Falcons, the Carolina Panthers, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Tennessee Titans. The Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles are both 0-2 in their Super Bowl tries. And, finally, there are the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings, both of whom have gone 0-4 in Super Bowls.
Can the Falcons cut the list to 12 teams to have no Lombardi Trophies in their display cases? They have two weeks to figure out how to stop the Patriots as their lone obstacle remaining.