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Falcon tailgaters ready to make history

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

It was game day for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as they tried to make history by going 6-0 for the first time ever.

Thousands of fans came out for the game against the Oakland Raiders, most of whom got the party started early while tailgating.

Atlanta always does tailgating big, but with the Falcons undefeated, things got even bigger.

Outside the Georgia Dome, there were tents, flags, TVs and a whole lot of food. Atlanta tailgates have all the staples, but the fans said it's not your average tailgate.

"Tailgating in the South is a lot better than anywhere else. Period," said Gerard Grimes.

That's because they go all out, starting with the food and some massive grills. We found one grill so big it had its own name. The owner called it "The Apocalypse."

"I could cook 100 slabs, plus chicken wings, plus sausage, plus steaks, plus breakfast. Whatever you want, I can do it," said the self proclaimed Grill King.

But the grills weren't the only big things. Some drinks were just as big, and they were everywhere. Even the outfits were bigger at the Atlanta tailgates.

Carolyn Freeman is better known to the tailgating community as the "Bird Lady." She also had an elaborate outfit that takes a long time to make.

"Probably about four hours to get ready and six hours to construct the outfit," said Freeman.

Normally the famous Bird Lady wears Falcon red, but this week she decided to support breast cancer awareness and wore pink.

"I decided to channel my inner (Lady) Gaga, and came up with my own version of her bubble dress," said Freeman.

But not everybody at the tailgate was there to cheer for the Falcons. Some Raider fans came out to get a taste of the "Dirty South" tailgates, and they said they weren't scared a bit.

"See these folks here with their red and the wings on? We're shooting down birds today. I'd rather be in the midst of all of them and let them know how I feel," said one Raider fan.

But Raider fans don't have the excitement going like Falcons fans, who are on a major hot streak.

"I've been a fan since the '70s, so I'm good right now. I'm happy. Best I've been in years," said Grimes.

Freeman said this is the Falcons' year.

"The stars are all aligned and the heavens are singing 'la, la, la,' and everything is going to fall into place this year. I've already booked my suite in New Orleans in February," said Freeman.

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