1981 Atlanta Falcons season

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1981 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Leeman Bennett
General manager Eddie LeBaron
Owner Rankin M. Smith, Sr.
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons 16th season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1981 NFL Draft
1981 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Bobby Butler  Cornerback Florida State
      Made roster  

[1]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1981 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 New Orleans Saints W 27–0
57,406
2 September 13, 1981 at Green Bay Packers W 31–17
55,382
3 September 20, 1981 San Francisco 49ers W 34–17
56,653
4 September 27, 1981 at Cleveland Browns L 28–17
78,283
5 October 5, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–13
71,488
6 October 11, 1981 Los Angeles Rams L 37–35
57,841
7 October 18, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals W 41–20
51,428
8 October 25, 1981 New York Giants L 27–24
48,410
9 November 1, 1981 at New Orleans Saints W 41–10
63,637
10 November 8, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–14
59,127
11 November 15, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–20
57,485
12 November 23, 1981 Minnesota Vikings W 31–30
54,086
13 November 29, 1981 at Houston Oilers W 31–27
40,201
14 December 6, 1981 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–23
69,221
15 December 14, 1981 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–16
57,054
16 December 20, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals L 30–28
35,972

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 357 250 W5
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 426 355 L3
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 303 351 L1
New Orleans Saints 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 207 378 L4

Awards and records[edit]

  • Steve Bartkowski, Falcons Game Record, Most Passing Yards in One Game, 416 yards (on November 15, 1981) [2]
  • William Andrews, Falcons Game Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Game, 198 yards (on November 15, 1981). Which was later broken by Roddy White when he got 210 yards against the 49ers in the 2009 season.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 98

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