1978 Atlanta Falcons season

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1978 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Leeman Bennett
Home field Atlanta Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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< 1977 1979 >

The 1978 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcon's 13th season. It was the first postseason appearance in franchise history, despite the fact that the Falcons scored only 240 points (15 points per game), the lowest total in franchise history for a 16-game season.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 13 Mike Kenn[2] Offensive Tackle Michigan

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Falcons points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 3 Houston Oilers Win 20 14 1–0
57,328
2 Sept. 10 at Los Angeles Rams Loss 0 10 1–1
46,201
3 Sept. 17 Cleveland Browns Loss 16 24 1–2
56,648
4 Sept. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Loss 9 14 1–3
58,073
5 Oct. 1 New York Giants Win 23 20 2–3
47,765
6 Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers Loss 7 31 2–4
48,202
7 Oct. 15 Detroit Lions Win 14 0 3–4
51,172
8 Oct. 22 at San Francisco 49ers Win 20 17 4–4
44,235
9 Oct. 30 Los Angeles Rams Win 15 7 5–4
57,250
10 Nov. 5 San Francisco 49ers Win 21 10 6–4
55,468
11 Nov. 12 at New Orleans Saints Win 20 17 7–4
70,323
12 Nov. 19 at Chicago Bears Loss 7 13 7–5
46,022
13 Nov. 26 New Orleans Saints Win 20 17 8–5
55,121
14 Dec. 3 at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 7 37 8–6
25,336
15 Dec. 10 Washington Redskins Win 20 17 9–6
54,176
16 Dec. 17 at St. Louis Cardinals Loss 21 42 9–7
40,022

[3]

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Rams(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 316 245
Atlanta Falcons(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 240 290
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 281 298
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 219 350

Roster[edit]

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Atlanta Falcons 14, Philadelphia Eagles 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 0 7 0 13
Falcons 0 0 0 14 14

at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

The Falcons won their first playoff game in team history after they overcame a 13–0 deficit by scoring 2 touchdowns in the final 5 minutes of the game.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 27, Atlanta Falcons 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 13 0 0 20
Cowboys 10 3 7 7 27

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Dallas' "Doomsday Defense" limited Atlanta quarterback Steve Bartkowski to only 8 completions in 23 attempts and intercepted him 3 times en route to victory. After the Falcons led 20–13 at halftime, the Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.

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