The Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League honored the Georgia Swarm during halftime of their game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Swarm were honored because they won the 2017 National Lacrosse League Champion's Cup on June 17 when they beat the Saskatchewan Rush two games to none for their first league title in franchise history.
During the ceremony, the Swarm players came to midfield. Highlights of the Swarm season were also played on the Halo Board in front of a capacity crowd of 74,141 fans.
On Sunday, the Swarm gave the Falcons good luck. Matt Ryan completed 28 of 45 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers 22-10 to finish the regular season with a record of 10 wins and six losses. With the win, the Falcons clinched a playoff spot and will now face the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wildcard game.
The Falcons came mighty close to being champions themselves in 2017. During Super Bowl LI, the Falcons had a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots late in the third quarter, only to see the Patriots deliver the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and a 34-28 overtime win.