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1968 Atlanta Falcons

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2-12-0, Finished 4th in NFL Coastal Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.0, Offense: -6.4, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 3.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 170 points (12.1/g), 16th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 389 points (27.8/g), 15th.
 Differential of -219 points (-15.6/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Norb Hecker (0-3-0) and Norm Van Brocklin (2-9-0)

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: East Tennessee State (Johnson City, Tennessee)

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager Frank Wall
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 170 3164 762 4.2 39 15 9 174 158 326 1859 9 24 4.7 94 366 1305 9 3.6 71
Team Defense 389 5320 936 5.7 30 16 16 302 248 389 3085 30 14 7.4 157 518 2235 17 4.3 129
Lg Rank Offense 16 16 13 11 16 14 14 16 13 15 15 15 11 15
Lg Rank Defense 15 16 12 5 16 10 15 16 14 16 16 16 12 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 14 boxscore L 0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 47 14 234 153 81 4 21 404 218 186 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-2 Baltimore Colts 20 28 12 250 164 86 2 22 388 263 125 6
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 13 28 14 227 156 71 1 24 374 185 189 1
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 0-4 Green Bay Packers 7 38 7 154 76 78 5 26 470 312 158 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 1-4 New York Giants 24 21 17 322 186 136 23 421 242 179 3
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 1-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 27 7 133 101 32 3 24 419 246 173 4
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 1-6 @ Cleveland Browns 7 30 17 284 137 147 2 24 444 248 196
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 1-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 41 16 343 257 86 5 25 402 288 114 1
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 1-8 Los Angeles Rams 10 17 9 232 140 92 3 18 250 71 179 1
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 2-8 @ Chicago Bears 16 13 14 300 143 157 1 16 302 185 117 2
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 2-9 @ St. Louis Cardinals 12 17 10 162 102 60 1 17 260 127 133 3
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 2-10 @ Baltimore Colts 0 44 12 143 87 56 6 23 386 278 108 1
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 2-11 Detroit Lions 7 24 14 230 58 172 4 18 342 212 130 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 2-12 San Francisco 49ers 12 14 11 150 99 51 2 21 458 210 248 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Randy Johnson 24 qb 8 7 1-6-0 73 156 46.8% 892 2 1.3 10 6.4 71 5.7 3.1 12.2 111.5 42.5
17 Bob Berry 26 QB 10 7 1-6-0 81 153 52.9% 1433 7 4.6 13 8.5 66 9.4 6.5 17.7 143.3 65.1 1 1
18 Bruce Lemmerman 23 4 0 3 15 20.0% 40 0 0.0 1 6.7 18 2.7 -0.3 13.3 10.0 11.8
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 1 2 50.0% 21 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 10.5 10.5 21.0 1.6 87.5
Team Total 24.9 14 2-12-0 158 326 48.5% 2386 9 2.8 24 7.4 71 7.3 4.6 15.1 170.4 51.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 248 389 63.8% 3306 30 7.7 14 3.6 8.5 8.42 13.3 236.1 101.3 29 221 7.4 7.3 6.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Cannonball Butler 25 FB/KR 12 0 94 365 2 60 3.9 30.4 7.8 15 127 8.5 0 31 1.3 10.6 492 2 1
37 Perry Lee Dunn 27 HB 14 0 72 219 3 15 3.0 15.6 5.1 9 118 13.1 0 43 0.6 8.4 337 3 3
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 59 211 0 31 3.6 16.2 4.5 16 121 7.6 1 55 1.2 9.3 332 1 2
35 Billy Harris 22 6 0 53 144 0 11 2.7 24.0 8.8 3 118 39.3 1 55 0.5 19.7 262 1 1
41 Brendan McCarthy 23 7 0 31 86 1 18 2.8 12.3 4.4 13 119 9.2 0 21 1.9 17.0 205 1 1
17 Bob Berry 26 QB 10 7 26 139 2 45 5.3 13.9 2.6 139 2 5
11 Randy Johnson 24 qb 8 7 11 97 1 26 8.8 12.1 1.4 97 1 5
32 Charlie Bryant 27 2 0 9 29 0 7 3.2 14.5 4.5 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.5 5.5 40 0 2
31 Dwight Lee 23 11 0 4 6 0 6 1.5 0.5 0.4 6 0 0
38 Joe Auer 27 7 0 3 19 0 16 6.3 2.7 0.4 19 0 0
44 Jerry Simmons 26 SE 14 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 28 479 17.1 0 61 2.0 34.2 473 0 0
28 Ray Ogden 26 TE 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.9 0.1 25 452 18.1 2 60 1.8 32.3 464 2 0
18 Bruce Lemmerman 23 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
26 Billy Lothridge 26 P/RS 14 0 1 -16 0 -16 -16.0 -1.1 0.1 -16 0 1
80 Bob Long 26 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 484 22.0 4 71 2.4 53.8 484 4 0
85 Paul Flatley 27 FL 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 305 15.3 0 66 1.4 21.8 305 0 0
84 Mike Donohoe 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 52 8.7 1 14 0.4 3.7 52 1 0
Team Total 24.9 14 366 1305 9 60 3.6 93.2 26.1 158 2386 15.1 9 71 11.3 170.4 3691 18 26
Opp Total 14 518 2235 17 4.3 159.6 37.0 248 3085 12.4 30 17.7 220.4 5320 47 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
33 Cannonball Butler 25 FB/KR 12 0 37 799 0 42 21.6 1291
27 Nick Rassas 24 LS 14 0 4 10 0 5 2.5 10 180 0 24 18.0 190
49 Jimmy Burson 28 PR/RCB 14 0 11 56 0 17 5.1 56
32 Charlie Bryant 27 2 0 5 112 0 29 22.4 152
71 Joe Szczecko 26 10 0 3 18 0 18 6.0 18
72 Don Talbert 29 LT 14 0 3 30 0 13 10.0 30
38 Joe Auer 27 7 0 2 31 0 20 15.5 50
42 Philip Spiller 23 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
54 Grady Allen 22 LLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
56 Joe Cerne 26 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
84 Mike Donohoe 23 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 74
67 Dan Grimm 27 RG 14 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
35 Billy Harris 22 6 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 278
31 Dwight Lee 23 11 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 26
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 355
Team Total 24.9 14 16 66 0 17 4.1 68 1273 0 42 18.7 5030
Opp Total 14 46 286 0 6.2 42 799 0 19.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
26 Billy Lothridge 26 P/RS 14 0 75 3324 70 0 44.3
3 Bob Etter 23 K 14 0 2 2 5 4 7 4 5 1 2 21 11 52.4%% 19 17 89.5%%
Team Total 24.9 14 2 2 5 4 7 4 5 1 2 21 11 52.4%% 19 17 89.5%% 75 3324 70 0 44.3
Opp Total 14 30 16 53.3%% 49 47 95.9%% 45 1868 41.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
49 Jimmy Burson 28 PR/RCB 14 0 4 100 1 73 0 0 0 3 48 0
17 Bob Berry 26 QB 10 7 0 5 1 0 0
11 Randy Johnson 24 qb 8 7 0 5 1 0 0
27 Nick Rassas 24 LS 14 0 1 18 0 18 0 0 3 2 0 0
26 Billy Lothridge 26 P/RS 14 0 3 76 0 44 0 0 1 1 0 0
70 Jim Norton 26 7 0 0 0 4 0 0
32 Charlie Bryant 27 2 0 0 2 1 0 0
37 Perry Lee Dunn 27 HB 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
87 Claude Humphrey 24 LDE 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
33 Cannonball Butler 25 FB/KR 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
22 Lee Calland 27 7 0 2 34 0 21 0
77 Rick Cash 23 RDE 14 0 0 0 2 4 0
35 Billy Harris 22 6 0 0 1 1 0 0
55 Ralph Heck 27 RLB 13 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
18 Bruce Lemmerman 23 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis* 25 MLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 0 2 0 0 0
79 Carlton Dabney 21 RDT 14 14 1 3 0 3 0
43 Mike Freeman 24 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Errol Linden 31 RT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Brendan McCarthy 23 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 24 LCB 14 0 1 90 1 90 0
78 Jerry Shay 24 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 Joe Szczecko 26 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
64 Randy Winkler 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.9 14 14 330 2 90 0 0 26 27 52 0
Opp Total 14 70 30 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bob Etter 23 K 14 0 17 11 50
80 Bob Long 26 9 0 4 4 24
37 Perry Lee Dunn 27 HB 14 0 3 3 18
17 Bob Berry 26 QB 10 7 2 2 12
33 Cannonball Butler 25 FB/KR 12 0 2 2 12
28 Ray Ogden 26 TE 14 0 2 2 12
49 Jimmy Burson 28 PR/RCB 14 0 1 1 6
84 Mike Donohoe 23 14 0 1 1 6
35 Billy Harris 22 6 0 1 1 6
11 Randy Johnson 24 qb 8 7 1 1 6
41 Brendan McCarthy 23 7 0 1 1 6
36 Ken Reaves 24 LCB 14 0 1 1 6
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 14 9 9 2 20 17 11 170
Opp Total 14 17 30 2 47 16 389

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-14 @ MIN L, 7-47 3 1 rush Brendan McCarthy 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
2 1968-09-22 BAL L, 20-28 1 71 pass Bob Long 71 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
3 1968-09-22 BAL L, 20-28 4 1 rush Randy Johnson 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
4 1968-09-29 @ SFO L, 13-28 2 6 pass Bob Long 6 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
5 1968-10-06 GNB L, 7-38 2 1 rush Perry Lee Dunn 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
6 1968-10-13 NYG W, 24-21 1 6 rush Cannonball Butler 6 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
7 1968-10-13 NYG W, 24-21 2 1 rush Perry Lee Dunn 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
8 1968-10-13 NYG W, 24-21 4 1 rush Perry Lee Dunn 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
9 1968-10-20 @ RAM L, 14-27 1 90 interception Ken Reaves 90 yard interception return (Bob Etter kick)
10 1968-10-20 @ RAM L, 14-27 2 19 pass Bob Long 19 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
11 1968-10-27 @ CLE L, 7-30 4 7 pass Mike Donohoe 7 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
12 1968-11-03 PIT L, 21-41 3 29 pass Ray Ogden 29 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
13 1968-11-03 PIT L, 21-41 4 55 pass Billy Harris 55 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
14 1968-11-03 PIT L, 21-41 4 24 pass Bob Long 24 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
15 1968-11-10 RAM L, 10-17 3 15 pass Ray Ogden 15 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
16 1968-11-17 @ CHI W, 16-13 1 1 rush Bob Berry 1 yard rush
17 1968-11-17 @ CHI W, 16-13 2 1 rush Bob Berry 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
18 1968-11-24 @ STL L, 12-17 3 55 pass Harmon Wages 55 yard pass from Bob Berry
19 1968-12-08 DET L, 7-24 2 60 rush Cannonball Butler 60 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
20 1968-12-15 SFO L, 12-14 1 73 interception Jimmy Burson 73 yard interception return

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 2 15 pass Bill Martin 15 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
2 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
3 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 2 37 pass Bill Brown 37 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
4 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 2 21 pass Tom Hall 21 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
5 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 4 2 rush Jim Lindsey 2 yard rush
6 1968-09-14 @ MIN W, 47-7 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
7 1968-09-22 BAL W, 28-20 1 9 pass Ray Perkins 9 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
8 1968-09-22 BAL W, 28-20 1 13 pass John Mackey 13 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1968-09-22 BAL W, 28-20 2 46 pass Jimmy Orr 46 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
10 1968-09-22 BAL W, 28-20 4 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
11 1968-09-29 @ SFO W, 28-13 1 9 pass Clifton McNeil 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
12 1968-09-29 @ SFO W, 28-13 2 18 pass Gary Lewis 18 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
13 1968-09-29 @ SFO W, 28-13 3 23 pass John David Crow 23 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
14 1968-09-29 @ SFO W, 28-13 4 1 rush Bill Tucker 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
15 1968-10-06 GNB W, 38-7 1 9 pass Boyd Dowler 9 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
16 1968-10-06 GNB W, 38-7 3 11 rush Donny Anderson 11 yard rush (Chuck Mercein kick)
17 1968-10-06 GNB W, 38-7 3 1 pass Marv Fleming 1 yard pass from Bart Starr (Chuck Mercein kick)
18 1968-10-06 GNB W, 38-7 3 23 pass Claudis James 23 yard pass from Bart Starr (Chuck Mercein kick)
19 1968-10-06 GNB W, 38-7 4 12 pass Claudis James 12 yard pass from Donny Anderson (Chuck Mercein kick)
20 1968-10-13 NYG L, 21-24 1 44 pass Homer Jones 44 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
21 1968-10-13 NYG L, 21-24 2 28 pass Aaron Thomas 28 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
22 1968-10-13 NYG L, 21-24 4 1 pass Homer Jones 1 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
23 1968-10-20 @ RAM W, 27-14 2 16 pass Billy Truax 16 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1968-10-20 @ RAM W, 27-14 2 6 pass Pat Studstill 6 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
25 1968-10-20 @ RAM W, 27-14 4 46 interception Jack Pardee 46 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
26 1968-10-27 @ CLE W, 30-7 1 5 rush Leroy Kelly 5 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1968-10-27 @ CLE W, 30-7 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1968-10-27 @ CLE W, 30-7 4 22 pass Paul Warfield 22 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 1 27 pass Roy Jefferson 27 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
30 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 1 61 pass Roy Jefferson 61 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
31 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 2 3 rush Don Shy 3 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
32 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 3 9 pass Roy Jefferson 9 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
33 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 3 1 rush Earl Gros 1 yard rush
34 1968-11-03 PIT W, 41-21 4 38 pass Roy Jefferson 38 yard pass from Kent Nix (Booth Lusteg kick)
35 1968-11-10 RAM W, 17-10 2 29 interception Jack Pardee 29 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
36 1968-11-10 RAM W, 17-10 4 10 pass Jack Snow 10 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
37 1968-11-17 @ CHI L, 13-16 2 4 rush Virgil Carter 4 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
38 1968-11-24 @ STL W, 17-12 2 30 pass Willis Crenshaw 30 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
39 1968-11-24 @ STL W, 17-12 3 1 rush Jim Hart 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
40 1968-12-01 @ BAL W, 44-0 1 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
41 1968-12-01 @ BAL W, 44-0 1 34 pass Willie Richardson 34 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
42 1968-12-01 @ BAL W, 44-0 2 41 pass John Mackey 41 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
43 1968-12-01 @ BAL W, 44-0 2 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
44 1968-12-01 @ BAL W, 44-0 4 7 rush Terry Cole 7 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
45 1968-12-08 DET W, 24-7 1 26 pass Billy Gambrell 26 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
46 1968-12-08 DET W, 24-7 3 7 pass Billy Gambrell 7 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
47 1968-12-08 DET W, 24-7 4 22 pass Billy Gambrell 22 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
48 1968-12-15 SFO W, 14-12 1 69 rush Ken Willard 69 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
49 1968-12-15 SFO W, 14-12 2 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)