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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 276 3811 800 4.8 31 19 209 149 282 1753 20 12 5.1 89 455 2058 9 4.5 97 63 601 23
Opp. Stats 268 4317 888 4.9 46 27 254 225 383 2285 13 19 5.5 120 475 2032 14 4.3 120 73 762 14
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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. 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. 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 56
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 28 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 5564
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 37 10 63 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bob Etter* 24 K 14 0 33 33 15 30 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 33 15 30 276
Opp Total 14 14 13 2 1 2 32 32 14 27 1 268

Touchdown Log

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