Atlanta Falcons: Top 20 games in franchise history
1) Falcons 30, Vikings 27: January 27, 1999
Super bowl bound!
The Atlanta Falcons have only made it to one Super Bowl in franchise history and it was all set up by the Falcons’ 30-27 road win over the Minnesota Vikings in the winter of 1999. Quarterback Chris Chandler was manning the backfield for the Falcons and took them to the title game after a 14-2 regular season.
14-2 was good enough to host a title game correct? Wrong. The Vikings hosted with a 15-1 record which marked the first time a team had to play a road title game after winning 14 games in NFL history.
The Falcons marched 80 yards in just five plays on their opening possession of the game and took a quick 7-0 lead. After giving up 20 unanswered points to the Vikings, Randall Cunningham fumbled just before the half which allowed Chandler to connect with Terance Mathis just before the half to cut the lead to 20-14.
Vikings kicker Gary Anderson missed his only field goal attempt of the season late in the game which set up another Chandler to Mathis touchdown to tie the game at 27-27 to send the game into overtime.
The Falcons managed to drive into Vikings territory which set up a potential game-winning field goal from 39 yards out for star kicker Morten Andersen. Anderson nailed the kick right down the middle to send the Falcons to their first ever Super Bowl.
The Falcons were doubted all season long but managed to pull off one of the biggest upsets in championship game history behind a pure will to win. What a game.