Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Dominant Home Field for the Atlanta Falcons
The excitement from the Playoff Run at the Georgia Dome could translate into an excellent Home-Field advantage for the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
With Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to debut, some memories of the old Atlanta Falcons’ home field started to swirl. January 14, 2017 is a day I’ll never forget. As many know, that was the day the Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks in NFC Divisional Playoffs with Home Field advantage in the Georgia Dome.
It was also the last game or event I would ever attend at the Georgia Dome.
Going into the game, I didn’t know what to expect. Yes, our Falcons were hot and coming off our first division title in 5 years, but the Seahawks were dangerous and everyone knew what they were capable of doing with two recent Super Bowl trips under their belt.
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Then, after about an hour of being nervous, the Falcons made their entrance. In all my years of attending numerous games at Georgia Dome, that was the loudest it’s ever been.
The Falcons would later go on to dominate the Seahawks and later dismantle quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers on the way to their second ever trip to the Super Bowl.
The Georgia Dome made for a scary Home-Field advantage in the 2016 playoffs.
That energy could translate to the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium today, as the Falcons take on the Arizona Cardinals in their 3rd preseason game.
We went through good times at Georgia Dome from corner back “Primetime” Deion Sanders, the birth of the Dirty Bird, former quarterback Michael Vick electrifying the crowd and current quarterback Matt Ryan‘s first professional pass.
We also went through bad times; 2007 season, 2010 Divisional game against the Packers and of course that brutal loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Championship.
But the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium has fans thinking about what an outstanding Home Field it could be for the Falcons.
The last two games in the Georgia Dome were electric. It sent a reminder to the rest of the league of just how loud Falcons fans can be.
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The Falcons are now major contenders and this could be the start of a magical run throughout the NFC for years to come. And, from how loud the Georgia Dome was throughout the 2016 playoff run, Mercedes-Benz Stadium could make for a dominant Home-Field advantage.
That could mean trouble for the rest of the league.