Today's game was ugly in every sense of the word. Even so, the Falcons officially notched their 5th consecutive winning season. Not bad for a team that had its first back-to-back winning seasons in 2008/2009.
There are two schools of thought about this type of success. I respect each. For some, nothing short of a Lombardi does the trick. For others, fielding a competitive team each year is critical. I personally fall into the latter category. My thinking is that you can't win the Lombardi if you aren't consistently competitive. 31 NFL teams end each season without the Lombardi. All you can hope for is an opportunity - an opportunity to be one of the 5-7 teams each year that has a viable shot at winning it all.
This is not happenstance. We have a dedicated owner, a general manager with a Russian-sounding last name, and our head coach throws challenge flags like he doesn't give a damn. We have many leather-bound books, and Flowery Branch smells of rich mahogany.
That said, I understand the desire for more. I understand that being above-average just isn't enough. Still, it's a good time to be a Falcons fan.