Who was the greatest Atlanta Falcons team of all time?

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Since the turn of the millennium, the Atlanta Falcons have had the most success they’ve ever had in franchise history and it’s because of two quarterbacks, Matt Ryan and Michael Vick.

Ryan and Vick are the two best quarterbacks in Atlanta Falcons franchise history. They both have led the Falcons the closest to the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.

While both quarterbacks came up short in their goal of doing so, who had the better team?

Matt Ryan led Falcons and the Vick led Falcons are like night and day. The Ryan led Falcons was the team that could air the ball out with weapons like Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Tony Gonzales.

On the flip side, the Michael Vick led Falcons were all about the ground the pound. The running back duo of Warrick Dunn and TJ Duckett taking turns hitting opposing defenses with a deadly mixture of thunder and lightning and then having to worry about Vick running wild especially with an open field.

In this scenario, two teams led by Vick and Ryan will go head to head to see which team was the best.

Matt Ryan’s two squads are

2012 Falcons

  • 8-0 start (best in franchise history)
  • Ranked 7th in the league in points per game
  • Julio Jones and Roddy White over 1,000 yards receiving
  • The defense recorded 20 interceptions
  • John Abraham led the team with 10 sacks

2016 Falcons

  • First Super Bowl team since the 1998 Falcons
  • Matt Ryan NFL MVP
  • Vic Beasley All-Pro led the team with 15.5 sacks
  • Led the league in scoring
  • Devonta Freeman career year (1079 yards, 11 TD’s)

The teams that were chosen for Michael Vick are

2002 Falcons

  • 24 Interceptions, 47 Sacks
  • Four players with at least 6.5 sacks
  • Ranked 8th in scoring defense
  • The first team to beat Green Bay in Lambeau at the playoffs

2004 Falcons

  • Over 2000 yards and 20 TD’s between Vick, Dunn, and Duckett
  • Patrick Kerney 13 Sacks
  • Rod Coleman 11 Sacks
  • The defense forced 18 fumbles