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Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl love is rising up far and wide

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From Buckhead to downtown and beyond, city brandishes support for championship-starved NFL franchise

Liberty Plaza, across the street from Georgia’s Gold Dome, exhibits Dirty Bird pride.
Liberty Plaza, across the street from Georgia’s Gold Dome, exhibits Dirty Bird pride.
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Even football haters have to admit this is a special time for Atlanta.

For a town derided as “Loserville” and “The Worst Sports City in the World” with its famously fair-weather fan base, the outpouring of support for the Super Bowl-bound Falcons has been impressive — if not chill-inducing.

A legendary Atlantic Station send-off Sunday drew an estimated 15,000 strong, and countless other pep rallies are planned at schools and communities across the region this week.

Here’s a round-up of ways Atlanta — and even a building in Houston — is rising up in hopes of laying claim to the ultimate trophy and bragging rights that endure:

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Atlanta Falcons

^ The Krog Street Tunnel, of all places, exhibits team pride, as seen in the rally-cry clip “A City Waits” narrated by Ludacris.

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The Halstead apartments show Falcons love in Houston.
Cortland Partners
Cortland Partners

^ Atlanta-based Cortland Partners raised a “Rise Up” banner in a prominent place this week. The company is closing its offices on Monday “in honor of the Sunday night celebrations,” officials said in a release today, adding: “[I]t’s impossible for the Atlanta home office team to ignore the energy building around Atlanta in anticipation of this Sunday’s match-up.” (Can’t the entirety of metro Atlanta declare a holiday?)

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^ You’ll have to employ some imagination, because we neglected to take a useable photo, but the top of this Terminus tower in Buckhead is currently glowing red for the Falcons at night.

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Chris Riley/Twitter

^ In the shadow of the Georgia State Capitol, Liberty Plaza (i.e., protest central) dons the Falcons logo this week.

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The hoopla at Atlanta City Hall on Friday.
Atlanta Falcons/Twitter

^ A certain downtown atrium alive like never before.

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Madness Sunday at the Atlantic Station sendoff, which the team’s busses snaked through:

Atlanta Falcons/Twitter

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Peach State Challengers

^ And lest we forget this message made by 50+ Dodge Challengers.

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UPDATE: This from the Peachtree Center folks downtown:

Peachtree Center’s courtyard.
Peachtree Center

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And from Colony Square ...