The Atlanta Falcons earned a playoff berth for the fourth time in five years last season. Playoff success continues to elude them, however, as they were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship game.
Atlanta is 56-24 over that five-year span, so there's clearly a strong foundation in place. It just comes down to identifying the remaining holes on the roster and peaking right before the playoffs.
As the Baltimore Ravens showed, momentum is a major factor.
The good news for the Falcons is they feature plenty of star power on offense. From Matt Ryan to Julio Jones, Roddy White and offseason acquisition of Steven Jackson, they should be able to keep pace with any offense in the league.
There are some areas of the defense that need some upgrades, though.
Let's take a closer look at those positions, any other needs the team must address before next season and where the Falcons should feel completely confident as the draft approaches.