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The Last Time The Falcons Made The Super Bowl

It's been a while since the Atlanta Falcons made the Super Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons are headed to Super Bowl LI. Atlanta thrashed the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game this afternoon. The Falcons were led by great performances by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, who made one of the best touchdown catch-and-runs we've ever seen.

At Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, the Falcons will take on either the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both of those franchises have ridiculous Super Bowl history, having won 10 of them combined (and six this century).

The Falcons' Super Bowl history, meanwhile, is limited at best.

Atlanta has made just one Super Bowl in its franchise's history. The Falcons won the NFC during the 1998 season, upsetting the No. 1 seeded Minnesota Vikings in the conference title game before taking on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl in Miami.

The Falcons lost that Super Bowl, 34-19, and haven't been back since.

Here's a recap of that Super Bowl, from the Associated Press:

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) falls across the goal line to score during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami on Jan. 31, 1999. After going 0-3 in Super Bowls in his first 14 seasons, Elway and the Broncos won for the second straight year. Elway completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards and won his first MVP trophy in five starts, a record for a quarterback. Led by Elway's 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rod Smith, Denver scored 17 consecutive points to build a 17–3 lead in the second quarter and never looked back.

Atlanta has made the NFL Playoffs seven times since that season, but until this year, had failed to get back to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LI is set to kick off at about 6:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game will be televised on FOX.