Here’s what happened.
The Atlanta Falcons made their first appearance in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game for the National Football League (NFL) on January 17, 1999. They won and earned the right to play in The Super Bowl. Will they do it again at the NFC Championship Game on January 20, 2013?
Here’s why it matters.
The game was played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Falcons brought a historic 14-2 regular season record. The Vikings countered with a 15-1 season and a potent offensive threat: quarterback Randall Cunningham. Atlanta came from behind to tie at 27-27, led by quarterback Chris Chandler on offense and the NFL’s 4th-ranked defense. The Falcons scored the winning field goal in overtime.
Super Bowl XXXIII was played on January 31, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Denver Broncos beat the Falcons 34-19, earning their second consecutive championship. Atlanta’s Super Bowl appearance was marred by an off-field incident involving Falcons safety Eugene Robinson.
At 38 years old, John Elway became the oldest player so far to win the Super Bowl MVP award. Dan Reeves, Elway’s coach for three of his four previous Super Bowl appearances (XXI, XXII, and XXIV), was Falcons head coach.
Here’s an interesting fact!
Morten Andersen kicked the field goal that propelled Atlanta to Super Bowl XXXIII. Anderson had played most of his NFL career for Atlanta’s divisional archrivals, the New Orleans Saints. Super Bowl XLVII will be played in New Orleans on February 3, 2013.