While the 2014 Atlanta Falcons displayed a lot of inconsistency throughout last season and spent the majority of the year under .500, they actually had a legitimate shot of winning the NFC South. In fact, at one juncture towards the end, they were the ones out in front who controlled their own playoff destiny, despite being 6-9 at the time. As it turned out, though, Atlanta could not hold their grasp, anticlimactically falling to the Carolina Panthers in the final game of the season at home, thus putting a clamp on their frustrating campaign. It also led to the dismissal of longtime head coach Mike Smith.
Despite this, the Falcons will enter 2015 with promise of being able to secure the division this time around. They are still led by their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, who is coming off another stellar season, after completing 415-of-628 (66.1%) passes for 4,694 yards, to go along with 28 touchdowns compared to only 14 interceptions. His output was so good, in fact, that it led to a 93.9 QB rating, which ranked amongst the higher marks in football. Undoubtedly, Ryan is well in his prime and rightfully has the reputation of being one of the top field generals in the game.
Arguably the main reason Ryan is so good is because of the immense talent surrounding him. He has one of the NFL’s most talented and respected receivers in Julio Jones, and wide-out Roddy White is as good a No. 2 receiver as a quarterback can have. While they let former starting running back Steven Jackson walk this offseason, they still have Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith, two youngsters who both flashed significant promise last season. Atlanta also added Tony Moeaki to shore up the tight-end position.
The Falcons’ biggest weakness last year, without question, was their defense, which was regularly worked over by opposing clubs with ease. As a matter of fact, Atlanta surrendered the sixth-most points in the NFL last season (417). To try and improve this, the Falcons added some players to address this issue, specifically linebackers Justin Durant and Brooks Reed and defensive end Adrian Clayborn. They join a unit that features some solid talent like Kroy Biermann and Desmond Trufant.
With a renewed hope to get back to the top of the NFC South, and the addition of new head coach Dan Quinn, Falcons faithful is getting amped for the upcoming season. Sensing the defense will be improved, to go along with their potent offense, fans are thinking this can be the year they return to the playoffs. According to ScoreBig, here are the most and least expensive Atlanta Falcons tickets of the campaign, which are actually a couple of their road games.
Most Expensive: 11/8/2015 | San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons | Levi’s Stadium | Average Price: $278.31 | Get-in Price: $89
Two years ago, these two clubs last met in what turned out to be the final game the 49ers played at their old home venue, Candlestick Park. That paved the way for San Francisco’s new football home, Levi’s Stadium, and thus, this will be Atlanta’s first trip there. This looks like an excellent matchup on paper for November, as both teams are expected to compete for a playoff spot, which could make this contest very important. Like the Falcons, the 49ers missed the playoffs a year ago, but are expected to bounce back in ‘15, especially if starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick returns to form. The 49ers also possess a top defensive unit, potentially making it difficult for the explosive Falcons offense to be on top of their game. As a high-profile NFC matchup, it’s no surprise to see this game have a high average ticket price.
Least Expensive: 12/20/2015 | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons | EverBank Field | Average Price: $181.56 | Get-in Price: $35
Whenever the Jacksonville Jaguars are involved in a football game, there’s usually an excess of tickets of remaining and generally attached to lower pricing. That’s because the Jags have become one of football’s bottom-feeder franchises in recent years, failing to win more than five games since 2010. They’re coming off another lackluster campaign, finishing 3-13 a year ago, but appear to be back on the way up. That’s because they have a promising young quarterback in Blake Bortles, who will be entering his second season, and the club hopes he can follow a path similar to the one experienced by Matt Ryan, who has become a perennial Pro Bowler since being drafted by the Falcons. Jacksonville added tight end Julius Thomas this offseason, and if they get wide receiver Justin Blackmon back, this offense could scare some people. With a respectable defense as well on the Jacksonville side, this game might be better than people anticipate.
The Falcons most expensive home game comes after the New Year, when they take on the New Orleans Saints on January 3, 2016. With the highest average ticket price for an Atlanta home game, save on Atlanta parking through ParkWhiz.com.