5) Super Bowl 2017 is the Atlanta Falcons’ moment
Similar to point four but different enough to warrant its own point, this season has felt like an ascendancy for the Atlanta Falcons. Joining the ranks of stalwart franchises like the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers is a long, difficult, arduous task. The Falcons are a relative upstart and need to prove themselves each and every game.
And Super Bowl 2017 is the opportunity to show they are worth it. Those other three franchises (all in the conference championship games) are perennial contenders. They are the franchises that all other franchises are measured against. The Falcons proved they can hang with them (and beat them) and now they are on their way to proving they can sustain that success.
That begins by beating one of those franchises in the Super Bowl. That begins by proving that the Falcons can win big in the big moment.
2016 has felt like an ascendancy. Building off the quick start of 2015 that ultimately faltered, the Falcons have hung tough and shown resiliency through the season. They are ready to be considered a better franchise in the NFL, worthy of being considered among the best. Now, they have a chance to prove it.