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In 1998, under recently acquired head coach Dan Reeves, quarterback Chris Chandler and running back Jamal Anderson the " Dirty Bird " Falcons had their greatest season to date.
On November 8, they won 41 – 10 over the New England Patriots, ending a streak of 22 losses at cold-weather sites.
The team finished with a franchise best 14 – 2 regular season record and the NFC West division championship.
On January 18, 1999, the Falcons upset the top-seeded 15 – 1 Vikings at Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game, 30 – 27 in an epic overtime victory.
However, in their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, they were defeated 34 – 19, by the defending champion Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII.

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