Atlanta Falcons are an American professional football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are members of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team after the NFL offered the then owner Rankin Smith, a franchise to keep it from joining the rival American Football League (AFL). The AFL awarded a franchise location in Miami, Florida (Miami Dolphins). In their 45 years of existence, the Falcons compiled a record of 298-402-6 with division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004 and 2010. Their first appearance and the Super Bowl was Super Bowl XXXIII.