1974 Atlanta Falcons season

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1974 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin (2–6)
Marion Campbell (1–5)
Home field Atlanta Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1973 1975 >

The 1974 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons ninth season. After coming close to their maiden postseason appearance the previous season and finishing with a best-to-date 9-5 record despite an upset loss to the Cardinals, the Falcons traded star cornerback Ken Reaves to obtain in-demand guard Royce Smith[1] in a widely criticized move. During the strike-affected pre-season, they beat the Eagles 23 to 7 in a rain-soaked match,[2] before losing to the Raiders, 28-16.[3] Soon afterwards the Falcons lost key offensive tackle Bill Sandeman for the entire season with a slipped disc in his back.[4]

Along with a form lapse from quarterback Bob Lee and an injury to running back Dave Hampton,[5] this destroyed the Falcons’ offense. The 1974 Falcons scored 111 points with a mere twelve touchdowns, the lowest total in franchise history, and the second lowest by any team in a fourteen-game NFL season[6] after the infamous “Zero Gang” offense of the 1977 Buccaneers who were shut out six times in fourteen games. Their failure to score more than seventeen points in any game has been equalled since only by the infamous offense of the 1992 Seahawks.

The Falcons sacked long-serving head coach Norman van Brocklin after being thrashed by the Miami Dolphins and having heard demands from fans to make that move.[7][8]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance Notable events
1 September 15, 1974 Dallas Cowboys L 0–24 0–1
52,322
2 September 22, 1974 San Francisco 49ers L 10–16 0–2
47,686
3 September 29, 1974 at New Orleans Saints L 13–14 0–3
62,273
4 October 6, 1974 at New York Giants W 14–7 1–3
42,379
5 October 13, 1974 Chicago Bears W 13–10 2–3
47,835
6 October 20, 1974 New Orleans Saints L 3–13 2–4
47,217
7 October 28, 1974 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–24 2–5
48,094
8 November 3, 1974 at Miami Dolphins L 7–42 2–6
64,399
9 November 10, 1974 at Los Angeles Rams L 0–21 2–7
70,056
10 November 17, 1974 Baltimore Colts L 7–17 2–8
41,278
11 November 24, 1974 at San Francisco 49ers L 0–27 2–9
45,435
12 December 1, 1974 Los Angeles Rams L 7–30 2–10
18,648
13 December 7, 1974 at Minnesota Vikings L 10–23 2–11
47,105
14 December 15, 1974 Green Bay Packers W 10–3 3–11
10,020

Season summary[edit]

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 7 0 14
Giants 7 0 0 0 7


[9]

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 .714 5–1 7–3 263 181
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 4–2 6–5 226 236
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 3–3 5–6 166 263
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 0–6 3–8 111 271

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Falcons deny trading Reaves Connected with Players’ Strike”; in Ellensburg Daily Record; July 20, 1974; p. 4
  2. ^ “Falcons blast Eagles, 23–7”; in St. Petersburg Times; August 5, 1974; p. 9C
  3. ^ “Harold Hart, Stabler Leader Raiders’ Win Over Falcons”; in The Tuscaloosa News; August 11, 1974; p. 2C
  4. ^ “Falcon Tackle out for Season”; in Bangor Daily News; August 22, 1974; p. 18
  5. ^ “Hampton out with Bum Knee”; in Rome News-Tribune; August 27, 1974; p. 6
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1961 to 1978, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Points For and Requiring Points For less than 200
  7. ^ “Falcons Dump the Dutchman”; in The Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1974; p. 69
  8. ^ “Steelers Take on Falcons”; in St. Petersburg Times; October 28, 1974; p. 3C
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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