As we celebrate the much-too-soon demise of one of the greatest football venues of all time, it’s a good idea to go back and take a look at the Top 5 best Falcons’ games of all time at the grand Georgia Dome.
After years at Fulton County Stadium, the Falcons moved into the Dome in 1992. It’s been a pretty good run. Sure there have been plenty of bad times, but the Falcons have won four division titles during that span.
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5.) Falcons 41, Steelers 38 (OT) Sunday October 22, 2006
Pittsburgh arrived in Atlanta as the defending Super Bowl champs, and the Falcons were in what would be the last of the Michael Vick era. The back-and-forth battle saw Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leave the game with an injury and replaced by Charlie Batch. His late fourth quarter 17-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward tied the game at 38 and sent the contest into overtime. From there, the Falcons won the overtime coin toss and moved down field to set up Morten Andersen for the game winning 32-yard field goal. Vick finished the season with 1,039 rushing yards. The team finished third in the NFC South with a 7-9 mark under head coach Jim Mora, Jr.
4.) Falcons 20, 49ers 18 (NFC Divisional Playoff) Saturday January 9, 1999
The two teams split the season series and met at the Dome for a chance to move on to the NFC Championship game. Jamal Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. San Francisco scored with 4:28 to go with a two-point conversion to cut the Falcons lead to two. But Keith Brooking and the Falcons defense shut the door the rest of the way and earned a trip to Minnesota to battle for the NFC Title. It was the club’s first playoff win since 1991. A week later, with a win over the Vikings, the Falcons were on their way to their only Super Bowl appearance.
3.) Falcons 14, Eagles 10, Monday September 12, 2005
The 2005 NFL opener for both teams was a Monday Night Football battle and a rematch of the previous NFC title game. No doubt emotions were high as both Atlanta’s Kevin Mathis and Philadelphia’s Jeremiah Trotter were ejected during pregame warm ups. A seven-yard first quarter touchdown run by Vick followed by a one-yard scoring plunge by T.J. Duckett gave the Falcons an early 14-0 lead. The defense held off a big second half comeback by Donovan McNabb and the Eagles for the win. Unfortunately, after a 6-and-2 start to the season, the final two months were not good for the club and they finished at 8-and-8.
2.) Falcons 34, Panthers 31 (OT) Saturday December 18, 2004
The game will be known for the incredible 12-yard touchdown run by Vick on fourth and goal with 1:37 left in the final quarter. It capped off a memorable quarter in which four touchdowns were scored. The Panthers got the ball at the beginning of overtime, but an interception by Aaron Beasley gave the ball back to the Falcons enabling Jay Feely to kick the 38-yard game winning field goal. The team went all the way to the NFC Championship game where a 27-10 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia ended a memorable season.
1.) Falcons 30, Seahawks 28 (NFC Divisional Playoff) Sunday January 13, 2013
The Falcons roared out to an 8-0 start and would go on to clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Matt Ryan and the Falcons steamrolled to a 20-0 halftime lead and were up 27-7 after three. But three fourth quarter touchdowns gave Seattle a one-point lead with 31 seconds to go in the game. Matt Bryant hit the game winner: a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left. A Julio Jones’ interception of a Russell Wilson pass in the end zone preserved the thrilling win. One week later, the Falcons were upset by San Francisco and denied a chance to go to Super Bowl XLVII.