Falcons Playoff Picture: What History Tells Us About Atlanta as Every Seed

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIDecember 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons are all but guaranteed to be in the playoffs

The Falcons have been in the playoffs 11 times in franchise history. Going over that history, we can see how the Falcons are projected to perform based on the seed they earn.

Using research help from Pro Football Reference, I've figured out the seed for them in every playoff year, as well as the eventual results for each one.

Here is the history by seed for the Falcons:

No. 1 Seed—Twice

Both in 1980 and in 2010, the Atlanta Falcons earned the No. 1 seed. Both times, another team came into the Falcons' house and beat them to move on. Dallas was the culprit in 1980, while Green Bay was the team to win in 2010. 


No. 2 Seed—Twice

This is easily the Falcons' most productive seed. They have earned it twice, but in doing so, they have been able to advance to two conference championships (1998, 2004) and one Super Bowl (1998).


No. 3 Seed—Never

Atlanta has never been a No. 3 seed.


No. 4 Seed—Once

The one time they were a No. 4 seed in 1978, the Falcons hosted a victory against Philadelphia


No. 5 Seed—Three times

Three times as a No. 5 seed and three times the Falcons have lost in the first round of the playoffs. In 1982, 2008 and 2011, they visited a team, only to lose the game.


No. 6 Seed—Three times

The Falcons have been way better as a No. 6 seed than a No. 5 seed. In 2002, they went to Green Bay and won for the first time there in January. They also went into the Super Dome in 1991 and beat New Orleans at home. However, they never went past the divisional round as a sixth seed.


Looking at this historically, Falcons fans should be rooting for a No. 2 seed. However, this year just looks different. Atlanta seems to be a great team both on the road and at home. 

In fact, this may be the best team since 1998.

Atlanta fans should want the Falcons to get home-field advantage. That way they can harass the other teams that try to come into the Georgia Dome and give the Falcons even more support on their way to one of the best seasons in franchise history.


All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium StatsESPN.com, CFBStats.com or NFL.com. 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.