1978 Atlanta Falcons season

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1978 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Leeman Bennett
General manager Eddie LeBaron
Owner Rankin M. Smith, Sr.
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Round

The 1978 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons' 13th season. It was the first postseason appearance in franchise history with a 9–7 record. Hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in their first ever playoff game, the Falcons scored 2 TDs in their final 14 minutes to pull out a 14–13 win. A week later the Falcons were 14-point underdogs facing the Cowboys. The Falcons took a 20-13 lead into halftime, but the Cowboys battled back to take a 27-20 lead. With one last shot the Falcons fell inches short of a first down on the Cowboys' 32-yard line, as the Cowboys got the ball and ran down the clock.

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1978 NFL Draft
1978 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Mike Kenn *  Offensive tackle Michigan
2 43 Steve Stewart  Linebacker Minnesota
3 70 Stan Waldemore  Guard Nebraska
4 95 Brian Cabral  Linebacker Colorado
5 125 Dennis Pearson  Wide Receiver San Diego State
6 152 Rodney Parker  Wide Receiver Tennessee State
7 167 Alfred Jackson  Wide Receiver Texas
7 179 James Wright  Tight end Texas Christian
8 209 David Adkins  Linebacker Ohio State
8 216 David Williams  Offensive tackle Tennessee–Martin
9 236 Tom Pridemore  Safety West Virginia
10 257 Ricky Patton  Running back Jackson State
10 263 Ray Strong  Running back UNLV
11 293 Scooter Reed  Defensive back Baylor
12 320 Daria Butler  Linebacker Oklahoma State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1978 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



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

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Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 316 245 W1
Atlanta Falcons(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 240 290 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 281 298 W1
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 219 350 L1

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1978-atl

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