Top 10 Worst Atlanta Falcons MomentsIf you're an Atlanta Falcons fan, please turn away before you read because this is about to be a list you don't want to read. Here are the top 10 worst moments for the Atlanta Falcons.
Need I say more other than 28-3? Let's just say the Falcons did the unthinkable and blew this lead in the Super Bowl.
Prior to Super Bowl 33, Eugene Robinson was the recipient of the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. That night, he was also arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Although Robinson was allowed to play in the game, a controversial decision that didn't help Atlanta, who lost to Denver, he did give back the award.
After the 1991 season, the Falcons traded Brett Favre, who they had selected in the Draft, to Green Bay. Suffice to say, it was the best trade for Green Bay and the worst trade for Atlanta.
It seemed that the future for the Atlanta Falcons was bright with Michael Vick at the quarterback spot. A mobile QB who made three pro bowls with the Falcons, Vick's career took a stunning turn when he was arrested in the dogfighting scandal that hurt his image.
Bobby Petrino, a man no stranger to controversy caused a stir when after leading Atlanta to a 3-11 record, he quit the franchise to become head coach at the University of Arkansas.
In 1972, Dave Hampton became the first Falcon to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. When the moment happened, they stopped the game to present him his award. However, on the next play following the delay, Hampton was tackled for a loss of yards and he finished five yards short. Fortunately, he would achieve the honor again a few seasons later.
With five minutes to go in NFC Divisional round in 1980, home team Atlanta led Dallas 24-17. However, a conservative approach to run out the clock led to Atlanta kicking a field goal to lead 27-17. Although Roger Staubach had retired a year prior for the Cowboys, they still had playoff experience and Danny White would connect with Drew Pearson for two scores to pull off a comeback win
Atlanta finished the 2010 season with the best record in the NFC at 13-3 and would have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. But in their first playoff game, they were shocked and upset by the Green Bay Packers, who torched them 48-21.
During the 2013-14 seasons, the Falcons would instill fake crowd noise as a way to disrupt opposing offenses, which didn't work since they went 6-10 in both seasons. Yet, they were caught and were stripped of a 5th round draft pick for 2016. The irony was that the man who was fired for this had the same name as Roddy White, the Falcons then wide receiver.
Trailing 17-13 with under four minutes to go in the game, the Falcons failed to score in the red zone on three plays and faced fourth and goal. Instead of going for it, Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn elected to take three points to cut the lead to one point in hoping to have the defense give the Falcons the ball back. They would never touch the ball again in the game and lost 17-16.