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1969 Atlanta Falcons

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFL Coastal Division  · 1969 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.8, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 2.5, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 276 points (19.7/g), 11th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 268 points (19.1/g), 6th.
 Differential of 8 points (0.6/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-6.8.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (6-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

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 276 3811 800 4.8 31 19 23 209 149 282 1753 20 12 5.1 89 455 2058 9 4.5 97
Team Defense 268 4317 888 4.9 46 27 14 254 225 383 2285 13 19 5.5 120 475 2032 14 4.3 120
Lg Rank Offense 11 13 7 14 14 16 14 9 3 13 5 3 13 1
Lg Rank Defense 6 9 1 1 10 7 7 3 7 6 14 14 8 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 24 12 13 308 79 229 2 19 331 200 131 5
2 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 17 13 178 22 156 3 16 269 162 107 2
3 Sun October 5 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Colts 14 21 19 302 168 134 2 17 260 154 106 4
4 Sun October 12 boxscore L 1-3 Dallas Cowboys 17 24 14 213 125 88 2 19 397 232 165 1
5 Sun October 19 boxscore W 2-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 7 17 284 93 191 3 19 295 205 90 7
6 Sun October 26 boxscore L 2-4 @ Green Bay Packers 10 28 19 219 55 164 3 26 337 96 241 4
7 Sun November 2 boxscore L 2-5 Los Angeles Rams 6 38 15 279 172 107 5 17 430 296 134 2
8 Sun November 9 boxscore L 2-6 @ Detroit Lions 21 27 15 279 122 157 3 15 241 70 171 1
9 Sun November 16 boxscore W 3-6 Chicago Bears 48 31 16 356 194 162 2 23 346 123 223 3
10 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-7 @ Washington Redskins 20 27 17 251 118 133 1 24 411 263 148 2
11 Sun November 30 boxscore L 3-8 @ Baltimore Colts 6 13 14 283 169 114 20 312 151 161 1
12 Sun December 7 boxscore W 4-8 New Orleans Saints 45 17 15 376 213 163 1 17 287 204 83 2
13 Sun December 14 boxscore W 5-8 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27 3 17 372 173 199 1 13 234 87 147 4
14 Sun December 21 boxscore W 6-8 Minnesota Vikings 10 3 5 111 50 61 3 9 167 42 125 8

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
17 Bob Berry* 27 QB 7 7 4-3-0 71 124 57.3% 1087 10 8.1 2 1.6 88 8.8 9.7 15.3 155.3 106.5 31 219 5.60 6.31 20.0
11 Randy Johnson 25 qb 6 5 2-3-0 51 93 54.8% 788 8 8.6 5 5.4 65 8.5 7.8 15.5 131.3 89.4 18 152 5.73 5.14 16.2
18 Bruce Lemmerman 24 qb 7 2 0-2-0 25 62 40.3% 330 1 1.6 4 6.5 57 5.3 2.7 13.2 47.1 36.4 14 106 2.95 0.84 18.4
40 Paul Gipson 23 10 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
26 Billy Lothridge 27 P 14 0 1 1 100.0% 9 0 0.0 0 0.0 9 9.0 9.0 9.0 0.6 104.2 0 0 9.00 9.00 0.0
5 Harmon Wages 23 HB 14 0 1 1 100.0% 16 1 100.0 0 0.0 16 16.0 36.0 16.0 1.1 158.3 0 0 16.00 36.00 0.0
Team Total 25.0 14 6-8-0 149 282 52.8% 2230 20 7.1 12 4.3 88 7.9 7.4 15.0 159.3 85.0 63 477 5.08 4.68 18.3 0 0
Opp Total 14 225 383 58.7% 2536 13 3.4 19 5.0 6.6 5.07 11.3 181.1 69.3 30 251 5.5 4.1 7.3

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* 26 FB 14 0 163 655 3 39 4.0 46.8 11.6 17 297 17.5 2 65 1.2 21.2 952 5 3
5 Harmon Wages 23 HB 14 0 72 375 2 66 5.2 26.8 5.1 22 228 10.4 1 88 1.6 16.3 603 3 3
40 Paul Gipson 23 10 0 62 303 1 33 4.9 30.3 6.2 4 33 8.3 0 18 0.4 3.3 336 1 8
32 Charlie Bryant 28 KR 14 0 50 246 0 41 4.9 17.6 3.6 2 15 7.5 0 9 0.1 1.1 261 0 2
34 Junior Coffey 27 6 0 49 168 1 19 3.4 28.0 8.2 8 64 8.0 2 19 1.3 10.7 232 3 0
17 Bob Berry* 27 QB 7 7 20 68 0 30 3.4 9.7 2.9 68 0 6
11 Randy Johnson 25 qb 6 5 11 55 1 13 5.0 9.2 1.8 55 1 3
18 Bruce Lemmerman 24 qb 7 2 10 57 1 20 5.7 8.1 1.4 57 1 4
45 Gary McDermott 21 4 0 7 6 0 3 0.9 1.5 1.8 6 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell* 22 TE 14 0 5 77 0 40 15.4 5.5 0.4 22 339 15.4 4 42 1.6 24.2 416 4 1
23 Jeff Stanciel 22 2 0 4 -1 0 4 -0.3 -0.5 2.0 -1 0 1
20 Tom McCauley 22 14 0 2 49 0 32 24.5 3.5 0.1 49 0 1
85 Paul Flatley 28 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 834 18.5 6 71 3.2 59.6 834 6 1
15 Gail Cogdill 32 SE 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 374 15.6 5 52 1.8 28.8 374 5 0
81 Ralph Smith 31 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 17 8.5 0 10 0.1 1.2 17 0 0
50 Greg Brezina* 23 RLB 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 9 0 0
43 Monte Ledbetter 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.5 8.0 16 0 0
44 Jerry Simmons 27 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.5 2.0 4 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 455 2058 9 66 4.5 147.0 32.5 149 2230 15.0 20 88 10.6 159.3 4288 29 37
Opp Total 14 475 2032 14 4.3 145.1 33.9 225 2285 10.2 13 16.1 163.2 4317 27 37

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
32 Charlie Bryant 28 KR 14 0 21 407 0 39 19.4 668
33 Cannonball Butler* 26 FB 14 0 13 405 0 61 31.2 1357
22 John Mallory 23 PR/RS 13 4 13 42 0 15 3.2 42
40 Paul Gipson 23 10 0 9 145 0 27 16.1 481
5 Harmon Wages 23 HB 14 0 6 76 0 23 12.7 679
28 Mike Freeman 25 14 0 4 30 0 12 7.5 30
20 Tom McCauley 22 14 0 4 -11 0 0 -2.8 38
24 Nate Wright 22 3 0 4 21 0 11 5.3 21
73 Dave Cahill 27 RDT 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
75 George Kunz* 22 RT 14 14 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
67 Mal Snider 22 RG 14 0 1 48 1 48 48.0 48
23 Jeff Stanciel 22 2 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 9
Team Total 25.0 14 26 82 0 15 3.2 52 1104 1 61 21.2 5474
Opp Total 14 38 171 0 4.5 52 1132 2 21.8

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 27 P 14 0 69 2846 57 0 41.2
3 Bob Etter* 24 K 14 0 6 6 5 5 8 4 9 2 30 15 50.0%% 33 33 100.0%%
Team Total 25.0 14 6 6 5 5 8 4 9 2 30 15 50.0%% 33 33 100.0%% 69 2846 57 0 41.2
Opp Total 14 27 14 51.9%% 32 32 100.0%% 56 2173 38.8

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
40 Paul Gipson 23 10 0 0 8 4 0 0
17 Bob Berry* 27 QB 7 7 0 6 1 -5 0
47 Rudy Redmond 22 RCB 14 0 5 50 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Greg Brezina* 23 RLB 14 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0
18 Bruce Lemmerman 24 qb 7 2 0 4 2 0 0
33 Cannonball Butler* 26 FB 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
32 Charlie Bryant 28 KR 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
49 Al Lavan 23 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
22 John Mallory 23 PR/RS 13 4 1 22 0 22 0 0 1 2 14 0
36 Ken Reaves* 25 LCB 14 0 3 14 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
5 Harmon Wages 23 HB 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
42 Jim Weatherford 23 LS 14 0 1 18 0 18 0 0 0 3 74 1
54 Grady Allen 23 LLB 14 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
11 Randy Johnson 25 qb 6 5 0 3 0 0 0
71 John Zook 22 RDE 14 0 2 22 0 15 0 0 0 1 7 0
15 Gail Cogdill 32 SE 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Mike Freeman 25 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Don Hansen 25 MLB 11 0 2 51 0 40 0
75 George Kunz* 22 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis 26 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Jim Waskiewicz 25 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
52 Ron Acks 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Dick Enderle 22 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 James Ferguson 27 2 0 0 1 0 -24 0
85 Paul Flatley 28 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
87 Claude Humphrey 25 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 24 1
20 Tom McCauley 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell* 22 TE 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
78 Jerry Shay 25 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Jeff Stanciel 22 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Nate Wright 22 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 19 200 0 40 0 0 37 42 90 2
Opp Total 14 63 37 10 1

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* 24 K 14 0 33 15 78
85 Paul Flatley 28 FL 14 0 6 6 36
33 Cannonball Butler* 26 FB 14 0 3 2 5 30
15 Gail Cogdill 32 SE 13 0 5 5 30
86 Jim Mitchell* 22 TE 14 0 4 4 24
34 Junior Coffey 27 6 0 1 2 3 18
5 Harmon Wages 23 HB 14 0 2 1 3 18
52 Ron Acks 25 14 0 1 1 6
40 Paul Gipson 23 10 0 1 1 6
87 Claude Humphrey 25 LDE 14 0 1 1 6
11 Randy Johnson 25 qb 6 5 1 1 6
18 Bruce Lemmerman 24 qb 7 2 1 1 6
67 Mal Snider 22 RG 14 0 1 1 6
42 Jim Weatherford 23 LS 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.0 14 9 20 1 2 1 33 33 15 276
Opp Total 14 14 13 2 1 2 32 14 1 268

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1969-09-21 SFO W, 24-12 2 13 pass Jim Mitchell 13 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
2 1969-09-21 SFO W, 24-12 3 42 pass Jim Mitchell 42 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
3 1969-09-21 SFO W, 24-12 4 9 rush Paul Gipson 9 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
4 1969-09-28 @ RAM L, 7-17 4 25 pass Gail Cogdill 25 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
5 1969-10-05 BAL L, 14-21 1 6 pass Junior Coffey 6 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
6 1969-10-05 BAL L, 14-21 2 3 rush Junior Coffey 3 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
7 1969-10-12 DAL L, 17-24 3 13 pass Paul Flatley 13 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
8 1969-10-12 DAL L, 17-24 4 13 pass Junior Coffey 13 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
9 1969-10-19 @ SFO W, 21-7 1 4 rush Cannonball Butler 4 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
10 1969-10-19 @ SFO W, 21-7 1 74 fumble Jim Weatherford 74 yard fumble return (Bob Etter kick)
11 1969-10-19 @ SFO W, 21-7 4 20 pass Gail Cogdill 20 yard pass from Bruce Lemmerman (Bob Etter kick)
12 1969-10-26 @ GNB L, 10-28 3 1 rush Bruce Lemmerman 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
13 1969-11-09 @ DET L, 21-27 2 11 pass Gail Cogdill 11 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
14 1969-11-09 @ DET L, 21-27 3 1 rush Cannonball Butler 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
15 1969-11-09 @ DET L, 21-27 4 45 pass Cannonball Butler 45 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
16 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 1 11 pass Jim Mitchell 11 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
17 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 2 32 pass Paul Flatley 32 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
18 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 2 20 pass Paul Flatley 20 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
19 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 3 48 rush Harmon Wages 48 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
20 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 3 65 pass Cannonball Butler 65 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Bob Etter kick)
21 1969-11-16 CHI W, 48-31 4 48 kickoff Mal Snider 48 yard kickoff return (Bob Etter kick)
22 1969-11-23 @ WAS L, 20-27 1 5 rush Randy Johnson 5 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
23 1969-11-23 @ WAS L, 20-27 2 3 rush Cannonball Butler 3 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
24 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 1 0 fumble Ron Acks 0 yard fumble return (Bob Etter kick)
25 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 1 16 pass Paul Flatley 16 yard pass from Harmon Wages (Bob Etter kick)
26 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 2 88 pass Harmon Wages 88 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
27 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 2 9 pass Gail Cogdill 9 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
28 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 3 13 pass Paul Flatley 13 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
29 1969-12-07 NOR W, 45-17 4 66 rush Harmon Wages 66 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
30 1969-12-14 @ PHI W, 27-3 3 2 pass Jim Mitchell 2 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
31 1969-12-14 @ PHI W, 27-3 3 71 pass Paul Flatley 71 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
32 1969-12-14 @ PHI W, 27-3 4 24 pass Gail Cogdill 24 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bob Etter kick)
33 1969-12-21 MIN W, 10-3 2 24 fumble Claude Humphrey 24 yard fumble return (Bob Etter kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1969-09-21 SFO L, 12-24 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
2 1969-09-28 @ RAM W, 17-7 1 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1969-09-28 @ RAM W, 17-7 2 4 pass Wendell Tucker 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1969-10-05 BAL W, 21-14 1 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
5 1969-10-05 BAL W, 21-14 2 92 kickoff Jim Duncan 92 yard kickoff return (Lou Michaels kick)
6 1969-10-05 BAL W, 21-14 4 6 pass John Mackey 6 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
7 1969-10-12 DAL W, 24-17 1 1 rush Les Shy 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
8 1969-10-12 DAL W, 24-17 1 1 rush Walt Garrison 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
9 1969-10-12 DAL W, 24-17 3 8 pass Lance Rentzel 8 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
10 1969-10-19 @ SFO L, 7-21 2 2 fumble Roland Lakes 2 yard fumble return (Tommy Davis kick)
11 1969-10-26 @ GNB W, 28-10 1 16 rush Donny Anderson 16 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
12 1969-10-26 @ GNB W, 28-10 2 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
13 1969-10-26 @ GNB W, 28-10 4 3 pass Marv Fleming 3 yard pass from Bart Starr (Mike Mercer kick)
14 1969-10-26 @ GNB W, 28-10 4 80 interception Herb Adderley 80 yard interception return (Mike Mercer kick)
15 1969-11-02 RAM W, 38-6 1 24 interception Ron Smith 24 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
16 1969-11-02 RAM W, 38-6 2 22 pass Wendell Tucker 22 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
17 1969-11-02 RAM W, 38-6 3 21 pass Jack Snow 21 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
18 1969-11-02 RAM W, 38-6 4 33 pass Larry Smith 33 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1969-11-02 RAM W, 38-6 4 67 pass Tommy Mason 67 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1969-11-09 @ DET W, 27-21 1 13 pass Earl McCullouch 13 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
21 1969-11-09 @ DET W, 27-21 2 1 rush Bill Triplett 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
22 1969-11-09 @ DET W, 27-21 2 96 kickoff Bobby Williams 96 yard kickoff return (Errol Mann kick)
23 1969-11-16 CHI L, 31-48 2 10 rush Gale Sayers 10 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
24 1969-11-16 CHI L, 31-48 3 39 rush Bobby Douglass 39 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
25 1969-11-16 CHI L, 31-48 3 12 pass Dick Gordon 12 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
26 1969-11-16 CHI L, 31-48 4 1 rush Brian Piccolo 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
27 1969-11-23 @ WAS W, 27-20 1 16 pass Jerry Smith 16 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Curt Knight kick)
28 1969-11-23 @ WAS W, 27-20 2 2 rush Larry Brown 2 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
29 1969-11-23 @ WAS W, 27-20 3 64 pass Charlie Harraway 64 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Curt Knight kick)
30 1969-11-30 @ BAL W, 13-6 4 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
31 1969-12-07 NOR L, 17-45 2 3 pass Tony Baker 3 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Tom Dempsey kick)
32 1969-12-07 NOR L, 17-45 4 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)