Atlanta Falcons broad receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) celebrate with vast receiver Aldrick Robinson (19) after a touchdown record after the game during the very first quarter in the 2017 NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. (John David Mercer | USA this particular day Sports)

The Atlanta Falcons -- who trounced the eco-friendly Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game and will certainly advance to Super bowl LI (51) come play the Pittsburgh Steelers or brand-new England Patriots ~ above Feb. 5, 2017 -- have showed up in just one supervisor Bowl.

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The Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos, 34-19, in Super key XXXIII at agree Player stadion in Miami on Jan. 31, 1999.

MIAMI -- it turned the end the Broncos walk not need to worry about winning this Super bowl for man Elway. The took treatment of to win it because that them.

If this was undoubtedly the last game that the quarterback's illustrious career, it could not have been any sweeter 보다 Denver's 34-19 win last night over the Falcons in Super key XXXIII at agree Player Stadium. Not just was Elway named the game's MVP, but he additionally won his 2nd straight championship, this one at the cost of his former coach and also nemesis, Dan Reeves.

The Broncos (17-2), that led 31-6 in the 4th quarter, became the seventh team to success consecutive super Bowls.

Elway dodged questions about his speculated retirement but may discover it difficult to stand up to the temptation to help the Broncos become the first team to catch three super Bowls in a row.

''You've got to love those challenges, " Elway said. "We've got the team and also the nucleus right here to carry out it. Like I said, it absolutely throws a kink in my thinking. ... I'll cross the bridge later on on. Ns don't even want to talk around retirement ideal now. I'm walk to reap this a small bit."

Coach Mike Shanahan, who came the end on top in his feud with Reeves, said: "I don't understand if it's John's last game, yet there's a an excellent chance it can be. If it is, what better way to walk out? We've gained a bunch of guys in the locker room do the efforts to to convince him to three-peat. I don't recognize if they're having any luck."

Alas, the Falcons (16-3), those Dirty Birds, to be unable to complete their very own sentimental journey. Just six weeks after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, Reeves shed his 4th Super Bowl together a head coach. No shame in shedding to the Broncos, whose 46 victories the previous three seasons are one NFL record.

''I said the football player the highest possible of highs is to win a championship game, and also the lowest of short is to lose a supervisor Bowl, " Reeves said. "It's been an unbelievable six weeks. We just didn't beat well, and I knew if we didn't play well we'd obtain beat."

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