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man we were something. two receivers with over 1,100 yards and 60 receptions, our qb threw for over 3,100 yards and 25 touchdowns and our runningback (jam) ran for almost 2,000 yards (he had 1,800+). i think if we had played any other team we would have won that superbowl. our defense was 2nd in rushing def, 8th in total def and 4th in fewest points. what a season.:satisfied:

here's the article i was reading if anyone wants to take a stroll down memory lane:

The Falcons advanced to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Like the Broncos, they finished the 1998 regular season with a 14-2 record, including wins in all of their last 9 games. But unlike the Broncos, Atlanta's success in the 1998 season was very surprising to many because they had a 7-9 record in the previous season and a 3-13 record the year before that. In fact, the team recorded just 4 winning seasons in the last 20 years prior to 1998, and only 2 in the 1990s.

However, the Falcons's fortunes began to improve after Dan Reeves became their head coach in 1997. During Reeves' first season with Atlanta, they finished the season 6-2, after starting out 1-7, to compile a 7-9 record overall. Reeves was Denver's head coach from 1981 to 1992 NFL season, leading the Elway-led Broncos to Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV. But they lost each one, including a 55-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. After that, Reeves was in constant conflict with his coaching staff and some of his players for the next 3 years. He left Denver in 1993 and spent 4 seasons as the Giants head coach before joining the Falcons.

Pro Bowl quarterback Chris Chandler led Atlanta's offense extremely well, throwing for 3,154 yards, and 25 touchdowns, with just 12 interceptions, while also rushing for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receivers Tony Martin and Terance Mathis provided the team with a superb deep threat, each recording over 60 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards, while also combining for 17 touchdowns. But the biggest threat on offense was Pro Bowl running back Jamal Anderson, who rushed for 1,846 yards, caught 27 passes for 319 yards, and scored 16 total touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Tim Dwight gave the team a great special teams attack, gaining a total of 1,236 yards and scoring a touchdown on kickoff and punt returns.

The Falcons defense ranked second in the league in fewest rushing yards allowed (1,203), eight in fewest total yards (5,009), and fourth in fewest points. Defensive linemen Lester Archambeau (10 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries) and Chuck Smith (8.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries) excelled at pressuring quarterbacks and stopping the run. Behind them, Atlanta had 2 outstanding linebackers, Pro Bowler Jessie Tuggle (65 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery) and Cornelius Bennett (69 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries). Bennett played with the Buffalo Bills when they suffered their 4 consecutive Super Bowl losses in XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII; and thus was determined to finally get a championship ring that had eluded him in the past. Atlanta's secondary was led by Pro Bowl defensive back Ray Buchanan, who recorded 7 interceptions and 102 return yards, and Pro Bowl safety Eugene Robinson (4 interceptions), who was with the Green Bay Packers when they appeared in Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII.

The season was punctuated by Reeves receiving emergency coronary bypass surgery after Week 14. Doctors said he could have been "within hours of a catastrophic heart attack."

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bossFALCON (4/5/2008)
man we were something. two receivers with over 1,100 yards and 60 receptions, our qb threw for over 3,100 yards and 25 touchdowns and our runningback (jam) ran for almost 2,000 yards (he had 1,800+). i think if we had played any other team we would have won that superbowl. our defense was 2nd in rushing def, 8th in total def and 4th in fewest points. what a season.:satisfied:

here's the article i was reading if anyone wants to take a stroll down memory lane:

The Falcons advanced to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Like the Broncos, they finished the 1998 regular season with a 14-2 record, including wins in all of their last 9 games. But unlike the Broncos, Atlanta's success in the 1998 season was very surprising to many because they had a 7-9 record in the previous season and a 3-13 record the year before that. In fact, the team recorded just 4 winning seasons in the last 20 years prior to 1998, and only 2 in the 1990s.

However, the Falcons's fortunes began to improve after Dan Reeves became their head coach in 1997. During Reeves' first season with Atlanta, they finished the season 6-2, after starting out 1-7, to compile a 7-9 record overall. Reeves was Denver's head coach from 1981 to 1992 NFL season, leading the Elway-led Broncos to Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV. But they lost each one, including a 55-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. After that, Reeves was in constant conflict with his coaching staff and some of his players for the next 3 years. He left Denver in 1993 and spent 4 seasons as the Giants head coach before joining the Falcons.

Pro Bowl quarterback Chris Chandler led Atlanta's offense extremely well, throwing for 3,154 yards, and 25 touchdowns, with just 12 interceptions, while also rushing for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receivers Tony Martin and Terance Mathis provided the team with a superb deep threat, each recording over 60 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards, while also combining for 17 touchdowns. But the biggest threat on offense was Pro Bowl running back Jamal Anderson, who rushed for 1,846 yards, caught 27 passes for 319 yards, and scored 16 total touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Tim Dwight gave the team a great special teams attack, gaining a total of 1,236 yards and scoring a touchdown on kickoff and punt returns.

The Falcons defense ranked second in the league in fewest rushing yards allowed (1,203), eight in fewest total yards (5,009), and fourth in fewest points. Defensive linemen Lester Archambeau (10 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries) and Chuck Smith (8.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries) excelled at pressuring quarterbacks and stopping the run. Behind them, Atlanta had 2 outstanding linebackers, Pro Bowler Jessie Tuggle (65 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery) and Cornelius Bennett (69 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries). Bennett played with the Buffalo Bills when they suffered their 4 consecutive Super Bowl losses in XXV, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII; and thus was determined to finally get a championship ring that had eluded him in the past. Atlanta's secondary was led by Pro Bowl defensive back Ray Buchanan, who recorded 7 interceptions and 102 return yards, and Pro Bowl safety Eugene Robinson (4 interceptions), who was with the Green Bay Packers when they appeared in Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII.

The season was punctuated by Reeves receiving emergency coronary bypass surgery after Week 14. Doctors said he could have been "within hours of a catastrophic heart attack."

Chandler was the reason why we lost the Super Bowl.

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FalconDawg (4/5/2008)
Chandler was the reason why we lost the Super Bowl.

Eugene Robinson had nothing to do with it I guess.

Yeah, what a completely bogus comment. Chandler, RU serious???? Our veteran safety, man of the year winner, was caught with a hooker the night BEFORE the SUPER BOWL. What the heck was up with that???? And I believe he was toasted by Rod Smith for the touchdown that really took the wind out of our sails. Chandler was not to blame. And to those of you who may have forgot, who is the one Falcon that showed up for sure? Tim Dwight. He was electric. But we "threw" him in the Vick deal. 

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sporkdevil (4/5/2008)
#1falconsfan (4/5/2008)

Chandler was the reason why we lost the Super Bowl.

Just because he was trying to have an equal amount of completed passes and interceptions doesn't mean he lost it for us. Wait, yes it does. He really should have just retired.

He played badly in that game.  But the whole team did, too.  I don't think you can place all the blame on Chandler.  He was a better QB thru the year than he was in that game.  We just got outmanned by Denver, plain & simple. 

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sporkdevil (4/5/2008)
#1falconsfan (4/5/2008)

Chandler was the reason why we lost the Super Bowl.

Just because he was trying to have an equal amount of completed passes and interceptions doesn't mean he lost it for us. Wait, yes it does. He really should have just retired.

Yeah Super Jams wimpy performance didnt have anything to do with it.

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FalconFansince80 (4/5/2008)
Chris Chandler should have retired as a Falcon. Imagine had we not traded our pick for thugboy and Chris would have had LT in the backfield. Unstoppable!

LT probably wouldnt have performed for us like he did for SD. their line is like the best run blocking line in the world, although minnesota would probably beg to differ. everything happens for a reason.

as far as chris losing the game for us or eugene losing the game for us i dont think you can blame that game on one or two people. our TEAM lost that game. football is a team sport and if we had executed better, made plays, etc. we would have won. we just had a bad day. we saw NE have a bad day in XLII and WE had a bad day in XXXIII.

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