1991 Atlanta Falcons season

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1991 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Jerry Glanville
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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< 1990 1992 >

The 1991 Atlanta Falcons season was the team's 26th season in the National Football League. It was also the final season they played at Fulton County Stadium, before moving into the Georgia Dome the following year. The season would be the most successful Atlanta compiled in almost a decade, with the team recording a winning record for the first time in eight years. Additionally, The franchise won its first playoff game since 1978, by defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Brett Favre was drafted by the Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] Head coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of the drafting of Favre, saying it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game.[2] Favre's first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. He only attempted four passes in his career at Atlanta, completing none of them.[3]

1991 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Bruce Pickens  Cornerback Nebraska
1 13 Mike Pritchard  Wide receiver Colorado
2 33 Brett Favre *  Quarterback Southern Mississippi
4 87 Moe Gardner  Defensive tackle Illinois
5 114 James Goode  Linebacker Oklahoma
6 145 Erric Pegram  Running back North Texas
7 172 Brian Mitchell  Cornerback BYU
7 186 Mark Tucker  Guard USC
8 199 Randy Austin  Tight end UCLA
9 226 Ernie Logan  Defensive tackle East Carolina
10 256 Walter Sutton  Wide receiver Southwest Minnesota State
11 258 Pete Lucas  Offensive tackle Wisconsin–Stevens Point
11 283 Joe Sims  Offensive tackle Nebraska
12 310 Bob Christian  Running back Northwestern
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Rankin M. Smith, Sr.
  • President – Taylor Smith
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Ken Herock
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Chuck Connor

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Bobby April

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tim Jorgensen

Roster[edit]

1991 Atlanta Falcons roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Results Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–14 0–1
74,246
2 September 8 Minnesota Vikings L 19–20 0–2
50,936
3 September 15 at San Diego Chargers W 13–10 1–2
44,804
4 September 22 Los Angeles Raiders W 21–17 2–2
53,615
5 September 29 New Orleans Saints L 6–27 2–3
56,556
6 Bye
7 October 13 at San Francisco 49ers W 39–34 3–3
57,343
8 October 20 at Phoenix Cardinals L 10–16 3–4
29,804
9 October 27 Los Angeles Rams W 31–14 4–4
50,187
10 November 3 San Francisco 49ers W 17–14 5–4
51,259
11 November 10 at Washington Redskins L 17–56 5–5
52,461
12 November 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 43–7 6–5
41,274
13 November 24 at New Orleans Saints W 23–20 7–5
68,591
14 December 1 Green Bay Packers W 35–31 8–5
43,270
15 December 8 at Los Angeles Rams W 31–14 9–5
35,315
16 December 15 Seattle Seahawks W 26–13 10–5
53,834
17 December 22 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–31 10–6
60,962

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
(3) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 341 211
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 361 338
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 393 239
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 234 390

Game summaries[edit]

Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 0 14 14
Falcons 7 14 10 0 31

at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • ATL – Pat Chaffey 5 yard run (Norm Johnson kick) – Falcons 14–0
  • ATL – Andre Rison 20 yard pass from Chris Miller (Norm Johnson kick) – Falcons 21–0
Third Quarter
  • ATL – Mike Haynes 55 yard pass from Chris Miller (Norm Johnson kick) – Falcons 28–0
  • ATL – Norm Johnson 44 yard field goal – Falcons 31–0
Fourth Quarter
Rams
Falcons
  • Chris Miller
    14/19, 237 Yds, 3 TD
  • Mike Rozier
    16 Rush, 54 Yds
  • Michael Haynes
    4 Rec, 110 Yds, TD

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 7 10 27
Saints 7 6 0 7 20

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller completed the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest. Miller completed 18 out of 30 passes for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Washington Redskins 24, Atlanta Falcons 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 0 7
Redskins 0 14 3 7 24

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

During their regular season meeting, Washington defeated Atlanta 56–17, with quarterback Mark Rypien throwing for 446 yards and 6 touchdowns. In this game the score was closer, but the result was still the same.

Under rainy and muddy conditions, the Redskins forced 6 turnovers, held the ball for over 36 minutes, and scored two touchdowns in a span of 3:11 in the second quarter.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Deion Sanders, Pro Bowl selection (1991)
  • Deion Sanders, Associated Press Second-team All-pro selection (1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Draft History – 1991". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  2. ^ D'Amato, Gary (2005-10-24). "Trading places". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/players/brettfavre/careerstats?id=FAV540222
  4. ^ "1991 Atlanta Falcons Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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