1. 2016 Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
In their last season playing at the famous Georgia Dome, the Falcons made it a season to remember by winning their division for the first time in 4 years. They did so on the strength of a career year from Matt Ryan who totaled 4944 yards with an astounding touchdown-interception ratio of 38-7. Devonta Freeman continued where he left off from the season before by totaling over 100 yards and was able supported by Tevin Coleman who recorded over 500 yards. On the receiving side, Julio Jones had one of his best seasons ever, totaling over 1400 yards despite missing 3 games. In week 5, Jones caught 12 passes for an amazing 300 yards and combined with Ryan’s 500 yard game made them the first duo to reach those milestones in the same game. In the postseason, Atlanta first faced the Seahawks, who they dispatched easily thanks to a strong game from Ryan who totaled 3 touchdowns. In the NFC Championship game, the Falcons ran all over the Packers, scoring 31 consecutive points to start the game and notching 44 behind 4 touchdowns from Ryan. In the Super Bowl, the Falcons faced the New England Patriots. In a game that will be remembered decades from now, the Falcons stormed out to a 28-3 lead in the 3rd quarter only for the Patriots to make a comeback for the ages and tie the game forcing the first overtime in Super Bowl history. One wrong coin flip and a James White touchdown later, and the Falcons were subject to one of the choke jobs in NFL history. Luckily for Falcons fans, they should have more opportunities to exorcise the demons of 2016 and bring home their inaugural Super Bowl.