A year ago today, the Atlanta Falcons loss Super Bow LI. That loss still haunts fans.
A year has passed since the Atlanta Falcons’ heartbreaking 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
Everyone now knows the infamous blown 28-3 lead by the Falcons which will plague the hearts of Atlanta sports fans forever.
Yes, it hurts the fanbase tremendously, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the one who deserves better results. After giving so much to the city of Atlanta along with the Falcons’ franchise, Blank deserves a Super Bowl ring very soon.
Arthur Blank bought the Falcons in 2002 and it has been an incredible road since then.
Blank has built many contenders but is still on the wrong end of a myriad of letdowns by the team in the postseason.
When he first took over the organization, Blank had a very close relationship with then-Quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was one of the most electrifying players in the NFL during his era and was expected to eventually deliver a championship to the city of Atlanta.
This goal came to an abrupt stop with his time in Atlanta ending in April of 2007 after being arrested for a dogfighting ring.
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The Falcons were coming off of a 7-9 season in 2006 and Blank was looking to add key pieces around Vick in order to return to the team they were in 2004 when Atlanta went 11-5 and appeared in the NFC Championship Game.
His relationship with Vick was one of the best in regards to team owners and players and that was one of the first heartbreaks that Blank had to endure as the Falcons’ owner.
The nightmare of 2007 continued as the Falcons finished 4-12 with Head Coach Bobby Petrino resigning mid-season.
Blessings were soon bestowed upon the Falcons in the spring of 2008 Atlanta drafted QB Matt Ryan at number three overall.
In 2010, the Falcons were 13-3, NFC South Champions, and a number one seed in the playoffs. Atlanta suffered an early exit as they were pummeled by the Green Bay Packers at home in the divisional round, 48-21.
This was another lost opportunity at a legit chance at a Super Bowl win. Improvements were still not made in the 2011 season as Atlanta fell to the New York Giants in the wild card round, 24-2.
In 2012, the Falcons returned with a 13-3 record, won the NFC South crown, along with earning the one seed in the postseason.
Atlanta would again fall in the NFC Championship, this time at the hands of Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
The offense could not produce in the second half as they were scoreless and could not get into the end zone.
Late in the second half, a missed holding call was made on the San Francisco defense as Wide Receiver Roddy White could’ve made the go-ahead score.
The Falcons would go on to miss the postseason for three straght years.
Coming into 2016, Atlanta faced little to no expectations. After finishing 11-5, earning the NFC South title and the two seed, the Falcons roared all the way to the Super Bowl.
Atlanta’s offense led every category in the NFL as they averaged 34 points per game. Matt Ryan also earned his first MVP award as he reached career milestones in every category.
The Falcons demolished the Patriots for three quarters of the Super Bowl but watched their lead evaporated in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Blank has accomplished so much for the city of Atlanta in building the city as a sports hub.
He helped contribute funding to the new Mercedes-Benz stadium which resulted in Atlanta finally being able to host a Super Bowl in 2019. He also founded the Atlanta United FC MLS club.
Many wondered whether the city would embrace soccer but as Atlanta United’s inaugural season kicked off in 2017, we saw 70,00+ fans pack Mercedes-Benz Stadium every single game.
Blank has done everything in his power to transform the Falcons into a Super Bowl contender. Atlanta does not have that title yet, but it is up to the team to execute and deliver immediately, especially with Atlanta hosting the Super Bowl next season.
Blank has put the Falcons in a position to win for many years and now it is time for the team to take advantage of his efforts.
It is time for the Atlanta Falcons to win a Super Bowl for the themselves, for the fans, for the City of Atlanta…for Arthur Blank.