Memory Monday: Saying Goodbye to the Georgia Dome

Originally posted on January 22, 2017.

In honor of tonight’s NFC Conference Championship game being the last played at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, let’s take a look back at the best moments in the Dome’s history.

The Georgia Dome was host to two Super Bowls in its nearly 25 years of service. The first of which, Super Bowl XXVIII, featured the Bills fourth consecutive Super Bowl loss in 1994. The second, in 2000, featured Kevin Dyson an arms-length away from being the first ever overtime game in Super Bowl history. The moment was later dubbed “The Longest Yard” by NFL’s Greatest Games.

The Dome also hosted the Atlanta Hawks from 1997-99 but the most exciting basketball played here was at the collegiate level. This stadium was the crowning site for the 2002 Maryland Terrapins, 2007 Florida Gators, and the 2013 Louisville Cardinals.

When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics, the Dome hosted one of the most heroic and determined acts ever seen in sports. Kerri Strug tore two ligaments in her ankle on her first vault in the final rotation of the team competition. The team needed one more jump from her and she, through excruciating pain, landed her jump on one leg, bowed to the judges, and then collapsed in agony. The team won gold and she was carried by her coach to the podium.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have a chance to cement themselves in Georgia Dome history tonight as they attempt to take down the Green Bay Packers and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

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