Atlanta won its first world championship 22 years ago today

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Matt Ryan /

Atlanta Falcons fans, for those who are also fans of the Atlanta Braves, you will certainly recall their World Series championship win 22 years ago today.

The Atlanta Falcons have yet to win a Super Bowl. And every Falcons fan on planet earth should be aware of how close the Falcons came to changing this fact.

Atlanta sports fans should also be aware of the fact that it took the Major League Baseball team, Atlanta Braves, two World Series trips in 1991 and 1992 before winning their first championship (as the Atlanta Braves) in 1995.

In fact, from 1990-1999, the Braves made five World Series appearances. And perhaps they would have made six appearances, less a 1994 MLB players’ strike.

The Braves were a dominate team in the 90’s, arguably the most dominate team in the National League during that decade.

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I cannot help but wonder how the Falcons would be viewed right now, had they made it to Super Bowl XLVII, instead of losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

How would the world view the Falcons had they won Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots?

Would the Falcons mindset, and as a result their game play, be any different if they had to deal with “the defending Super Bowl champions” narrative, as a opposed to the “Super Bowl hangover” narrative.

How will history remember the Atlanta Falcons of this decade (2010-2019)?

Despite their noted failures, since 2010, the Falcons have quietly produced one of the top seven overall regular season records.

From 2010 to date, the Atlanta Falcons have achieved an accumulative 68-50 regular season record.

During this time, the Falcons have made a playoff appearance in four out of the last seven seasons.

Atlanta has held the top seeded NFC position entering into two out of their four playoff appearances this decade.

No other NFC team has held the top seed more during this time.

Despite posting two losing seasons (2013, 2014), the Falcons have the best overall regular season record amongst all NFC South teams since 2010.

Yes, the Falcons blew a 28-3 Super Bowl lead. Yes, the Falcons failed to make it to the Super Bowl after blowing a 17-point in 2013. Yes, the Falcons have yet to win a Super Bowl championship this decade.

Or any decade.

Falcons fans endured the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and were desperately seeking hope in a .500 finish in 2015.

The Atlanta Falcons fanbase has watched their team give-up lead after lead over the past six-and-a-half seasons, with the most recently blown lead occurring earlier this month (against the Miami Dolphins).

However, despite the failures and setbacks the Falcons have produced since 2010, they have statistically proven that they are one of the most successful NFL teams this decade.

Time will tell what awaits this team between now and 2019.

But if the Atlanta Braves reign in 90’s is metaphorically indicative to the Falcons performance during this decade, Atlanta’s future over the next three seasons looks bright.

And while fans and media can tear this Falcons team apart for recent and past woes, if Atlanta can produce a Super Bowl win this decade, the entire 2010-2019 narrative could become the overarching story, amidst challenges.

Congratulations to the Braves for their accomplishment 22 years ago today.

Twenty-two to twenty-five years from now, will history be congratulating the Atlanta Falcons for their first Super Bowl victory?

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Sure. Why not?