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Atlanta Falcons
June 30, 1965 National Football League awards a franchise to Atlanta. Owner Rankin Smith, Jr. pays 8.5 million dollars for a team that will eventually be known as the Atlanta Falcons.
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August 29, 1965 "Falcons" is chosen as the name of the Atlanta team.
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September 9, 1965 The Atlanta Falcons announce the signing of their first two players, halfback Bob Paremore (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gary Barnes (Chicago Bears), a split end.
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November 27, 1965 Atlanta Falcons participate in their first NFL draft, selecting University of Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis as the first-round draft choice. He is the first player drafted in franchise history.
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December 12, 1965 Tommy Nobis is signed by the Atlanta Falcons
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February 16, 1966 The Atlanta Falcons round out their roster with an additional 42 players via a supplimental league draft.
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June 8, 1966 The American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) agree to a merger. Atlanta becomes part of the Western Division of the NFL
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August 1, 1966 Atlanta Falcons play the first professional pre-season game at Atlanta Stadium (later the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). They lose to Philadelphia 9-7
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August 1, 1966 Falcons play their first (preseason) game in Atlanta.
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September 11, 1966 Atlanta Falcons play their first regular season game at Atlanta Stadium. They lose to the Los Angeles Rams, 19-14
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November 20, 1966 The Atlanta Falcons defeat the New York Giants, 27-16, marking the first victory in franchise history (they had lost 9 games by this time)
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September 16, 1973 The Atlanta Falcons defeat the New Orleans Saints by a score of 62-7, the biggest win in franchise history.
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December 24, 1978 Atlanta Falcons defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football Conference Wild Card Playoff, 14-13
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December 30, 1978 Dallas Cowboys defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football Conference Division playoff, 27-20
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January 4, 1981 Atlanta Falcons lose to the Dallas Cowboys at the NFC division playoffs, 30-27
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December 19, 1982 The Atlanta Falcons clinch a play-off spot with a 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
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January 9, 1983 Atlanta Falcons lose in the postseason to the Minnesota Vikings, 30-24.
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December 30, 1990 Atlanta Falcons secure a playoff berth with a 26-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
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December 28, 1991 Atlanta Falcons defeat the New Orleans Saints, 27-20 in the National Football Conference Wild Card game
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January 3, 1992 Washington Redskins defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Division playoff, 24-7
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September 6, 1992 Atlanta Falcons play their first regular season game in the Georgia Dome, defeating the New York Jets 20-17
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October 11, 1992 Deion Sanders becomes the first player to participate in two pro sports games in the same day, playing for Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, then flying back to Pittsburg to play in the National League Championship Series with the Atlanta Braves. Often overlooked in this accomplishment is the fact that he had played with the Braves in Pittsbugh on Saturday night.
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December 24, 1995 The Christmas Eve miracle. Bobby Herbert, filling in for an injured Jeff George, powers the Atlanta Falcons to a 28-27 win over the World Champion San Francisco 49er's with two touchdowns, the second one coming with less than two minutes remaining in the game, gaining the Falcons a berth in the NFC playoffs
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December 31, 1995 Green Bay Packers defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card playoff game, 37-20
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January 9, 1999 The Atlanta Falcons win the NFC Division playoff, defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 20-18
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January 17, 1999 Atlanta Falcons defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, 30-27.
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January 31, 1999 The Atlanta Falcons lose to the Denver Broncos, 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII
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February 2, 2002 The NFL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Atlanta Falcons to Arthur Blank. Blank, who had co-founded Home Depot and recently retired from his position as co-chairman of the hardware chain store, had earlier reached a preliminary agreement to buy the Falcons from the heirs of Rankin Smith's estate.
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January 11, 2003 The Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl dreams are smashed by the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-6.
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January 23, 2005 Atlanta Falcons are defeated in the NFL Championship Game by the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
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January 1, 2007 Falcons Head Coach Jim Mora is fired
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January 8, 2007 Falcons name Bobby Petrino of the University of Louisville as their new head coach
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January 15, 2011 The Atlanta Falcons lose to the Green Bay Packers 48-21 in the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome
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