1998 Atlanta Falcons
The “Dirty Birds.” Goodness, where has the time gone?
Led by Chris Chandler and Jamal Anderson, the ’98 Falcons went a franchise best 14-2 while talking more than enough trash on the field and also finding trouble off of the field. (They had a player arrested the night before the Super Bowl for soliciting a prostitute.)
If this team won the Super Bowl over John Elway and the Denver Broncos, they could possibly take the top spot for the coolest team of all time – at least, in my books.
After suffering their second loss of the season to the New York Jets, 28-3 in Week 8, the Dirty Birds ripped 10 in a row leading into the Super Bowl, notching both playoff wins by a combined five points.
While the offense handled their business on the field, the veteran defense led by Jessie Tuggle and Keith Brooking handled the other half of the job. The Falcons ranked in fourth in points allowed, eighth in yards allowed and had the second-best rushing defense in the NFL.
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