With a win Sunday over the Buffalo Bills, the Falcons find themselves in an unfamiliar situation entering the final week of the season: A chance to secure back-to-back winning seasons in the last game of a given year… With a winning streak.
Many times the Birds have tried to find year-to-year success in the form of consecutive winning seasons. But rarely have they been this close.
Atlanta needed to win one of it’s last two games in 1972 to record a winning season after a 7-6-1 mark the previous year. Instead, the Falcons lost two straight to close out the year 7-7.
Veteran fans surely remember the playoff, 12-4 season of 1980. The Falcons were poised to record another winning season in 1981, sitting at 7-6 in the season’s final month. But a three-game losing closed the year and shot the dream.
More recently, the Falcons had a chance to back up an NFC Championship Game appearance with a winning season. Sadly, an 11-5 mark in 2005 was followed by another three-game losing streak to close a year and the Falcons finished at 8-8.
It also marked the most recent time the team, with a chance to break the streak, entered the final game a game above .500.
What will happen this year?