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1998 Atlanta Falcons season

Season information
TeamAtlanta Falcons
Season Year1998
Head coachDan Reeves
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Record14 2
Place1st NFC West
Playoff finishLost Super Bowl XXXIII
Upcoming Next2016

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The 1998 Atlanta Falcons season saw the Falcons qualify for the Super Bowl for the first time under the guidance of second-year head coach Dan Reeves. The team won its final nine games of the season to earn the #2 seed in the NFC for the playoffs and the first-week bye. They beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round and the #1-seed Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game before losing to Reeves' old team, the Denver Broncos, 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Head coach Dan Reeves almost didn't make it to the end of the season. After Week 14, he was diagnosed with multiple blockages to his coronary arteries, necessitating quadruple bypass surgery. Reeves admitted he ignored the warning signs in hopes of finishing the season, but ultimately felt he needed to be checked out. Doctors stated by the time he went for treatment, he may have been "within hours of a catastrophic heart attack. Defensive coordinator Rich Brooks substituted for him has head coach during Weeks 15 and 16. Reeves returned for Week 17 and finished the season.

The Falcons ranked fourth in the league in points scored (442 points) and were also fourth in fewest points allowed (289); the Falcons also led the league in turnover differential at +20.

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