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12 Greatest Atlanta Falcons of All Time

Atlanta's Matt Ryan speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 51.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 51. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has a chance to cement his legacy at Super Bowl 51 | Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons are not the New England Patriots. If they were, then they’d be the ones with the most decorated coach/quarterback combo in NFL history. No, the Falcons are not the Patriots. And yet, perhaps that’s not the worst thing in the world.

For a franchise that made only its second ever Super Bowl appearance, there’s a lot we liked about last season’s “Dirty Birds.” They built a high-powered offense that’s playing with incredible confidence, and they have a physical defense that’s finally starting to come into its own. In fact, this group actually reminds us of another NFC juggernaut.

Still, it’s true; the Falcons haven’t had the same big-game success as their AFC counterpart. However, that doesn’t mean the organization lacks success in all areas. In this particular case, we’re talking about all-time great players. After doing our fair share of research, it’s safe to say that many a superstar has donned the Falcons uniform. The way we see it, these 12 individuals — in no particular order — stand a cut above the rest.