Every once in a while a team comes along that wrecks havoc over the entire league and submits everyone to their will. These kinds of teams are what we sports fans call “dynasties” or “powerhouses,” and every sport has them.

For example, the Alabama Crimson Tide dominates college football annually (but congrats to the Clemson Tigers), the New York Yankees have enough money to purchase the league, and the NFL has none other than the New England Patriots. Which leads me to my point: the Atlanta Falcons had to play the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

While most people will argue this is not the case, allow me to vocalize my two cents. Similar to the Crimson Tide in college football, the Patriots are the only team that can be defeated on football’s grandest stage if one wants to be the undisputed world champion.

In 2017, the Clemson Tigers go down as the best team in the country, and it’s not because they were the ones holding the trophy in a sea of confetti, but it was because they defeated Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.

Over the course of the last decade, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have submitted the entire league to their will. The Patriots have reached the AFC Championship Game for six straight seasons and have made seven appearances in the Super Bowl in that span winning four world titles.

Does anyone ever wonder why Eli Manning and the New York Giants Super Bowl victories are so talked about and revisited? It’s simple. It’s due to the fact that they defeated the Patriots.

Brady has officially laid out his case for being the greatest NFL quarterback in the history of the game, and this is why Matt Ryan [and company] have a golden opportunity at their doorstep.

The Atlanta Falcons have only reached the Super Bowl one time in franchise history, falling to the Denver Broncos in 1998, but they have given the world a reason to believe they can defeat Belichick and Brady on the biggest stage.

In just two playoff games Matt Ryan has thrown for 730 yards and 7 touchdowns, and star wide receiver Julio Jones has caught 15 passes for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offense as a whole in its two games against the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers have combined for 915 total yards, and the defense has only allowed 676 yards.

So why do the Falcons have to defeat the New England Patriots in order to become a “credible” world champion? The answer is simple.

The NFL’s dynasty is in search of its fifth world championship in the last 15 years, and only a handful of franchises have won that elusive fifth Super Bowl. The Dirty Birds of Atlanta have a chance to crash that party and take home the cities first world championship since 1995, and only the second in the history of Atlanta on account of beating “the” team in the NFL.

After waiting nearly twenty years for a second opportunity the stars have aligned for the Atlanta Falcons to do what Falcons do best: Rise Up.