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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
Pts 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

Week 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

No. 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 Yds 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

Rushing Receiving
No. 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

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. 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

No. 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