1970 Atlanta Falcons season

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1970 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin
General manager Norm Van Brocklin
Owner Rankin M. Smith Sr.
Home field Atlanta Stadium
Results
Record 4–8–2
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1970 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's fifth year in the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–8, winning only four games. They failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight season.[1] The team began its season by winning two of its first three games. However, following their 21–20 win over the San Francisco 49ers the Falcons went 2–7–2 in their final 11 games. Their tied games, 10–10 with the Los Angeles Rams and 13–13 with the Philadelphia Eagles, occurred in back-to-back weeks. The Falcons are the last team in NFL history to have two tied games in two straight weeks, as overtime was added to the NFL game in 1974.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
2 39 Art Malone Fullback Arizona State
3 64 Andy Maurer Guard Oregon
3 65 Todd Snyder Wide Receiver Ohio

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1970 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Norm Van Brocklin

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Roster[edit]

1970 Atlanta Falcons final 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 Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 at New Orleans Saints W 14–3
77,042
2 September 27, 1970 at Green Bay Packers L 27–24
56,263
3 October 4, 1970 San Francisco 49ers W 21–20
58,850
4 October 11, 1970 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–0
53,611
5 October 18, 1970 at Denver Broncos L 24–10
50,705
6 October 25, 1970 New Orleans Saints W 32–14
58,850
7 November 1, 1970 Chicago Bears L 23–14
58,850
8 November 8, 1970 at Los Angeles Rams T 10–10
67,232
9 November 15, 1970 at Philadelphia Eagles T 13–13
55,425
10 November 22, 1970 Los Angeles Rams L 17–7
58,850
11 November 30, 1970 Miami Dolphins L 20–7
54,036
12 December 6, 1970 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–20
41,387
13 December 13, 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–16
54,162
14 December 20, 1970 Minnesota Vikings L 37–7
57,992

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 10 3 1 .769 3–2–1 6–3–1 352 267 W3
Los Angeles Rams 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 7–3–1 325 202 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 .333 3–2–1 3–6–2 206 261 L1
New Orleans Saints 2 11 1 .154 0–5–1 2–8–1 172 347 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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