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1970 Atlanta Falcons

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4-8-2, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.3, Offense: -3.5, Defense: 1.2, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 206 points (14.7/g), 22nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 261 points (18.6/g), 10th.
 Differential of -55 points (-3.9/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 5.1-8.9.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (4-8-2)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
Head Coach/General Manager Norm Van Brocklin
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 206 3431 826 4.2 38 17 13 199 197 342 1831 18 21 4.6 110 431 1600 4 3.7 76
Team Defense 261 3876 857 4.5 35 16 20 211 191 348 2154 11 19 5.7 98 479 1722 14 3.6 93
Lg Rank Offense 22 23 17 22 21 20 23 9 13 23 17 15 24 15
Lg Rank Defense 10 11 11 5 7 6 8 3 14 17 22 15 18 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-0 @ New Orleans Saints 14 3 14 265 116 149 2 9 235 150 85 2
2 Sun September 27 boxscore L 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 27 19 384 272 112 5 15 344 258 86 3
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-1 San Francisco 49ers 21 20 18 356 204 152 2 18 326 163 163 2
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 0 13 9 128 44 84 3 13 257 39 218 3
5 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-3 @ Denver Broncos 10 24 15 216 140 76 5 18 223 132 91 1
6 Sun October 25 boxscore W 3-3 New Orleans Saints 32 14 20 274 147 127 2 12 272 176 96 3
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 3-4 Chicago Bears 14 23 17 278 131 147 3 10 154 65 89 2
8 Sun November 8 boxscore T 3-4-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 10 7 194 109 85 1 20 364 219 145 3
9 Sun November 15 boxscore T 3-4-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 13 15 236 112 124 2 15 230 152 78
10 Sun November 22 boxscore L 3-5-2 Los Angeles Rams 7 17 14 272 185 87 5 10 222 99 123 2
11 Mon November 30 boxscore L 3-6-2 Miami Dolphins 7 20 15 271 160 111 1 16 304 86 218 2
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 3-7-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 24 13 205 52 153 1 20 354 259 95 3
13 Sun December 13 boxscore W 4-7-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 16 11 221 74 147 2 14 193 94 99 6
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 4-8-2 Minnesota Vikings 7 37 12 131 85 46 4 21 398 262 136 3

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 28 QB 12 12 3-7-2 156 269 58.0% 1806 16 5.9 13 4.8 51 6.7 5.7 11.6 150.5 78.1 36 274 5.02 4.15 11.8 2 2
11 Randy Johnson 26 qb 4 2 1-1-0 40 72 55.6% 443 2 2.8 8 11.1 34 6.2 1.7 11.1 110.8 43.7 16 148 3.35 -0.28 18.2
5 Harmon Wages 24 RB 13 11 1 1 100.0% 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 13.0 13.0 13.0 1.0 118.7 1 9 2.00 2.00 50.0
Team Total 24.9 14 4-8-2 197 342 57.6% 2262 18 5.3 21 6.1 51 6.6 4.9 11.5 161.6 69.6 53 431 4.64 3.15 13.4 2 2
Opp Total 14 191 348 54.9% 2397 11 3.2 19 5.5 6.9 5.06 12.5 171.2 64.3 30 243 5.7 4.0 7.9

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 27 FB/KR 14 12 166 636 0 33 3.8 45.4 11.9 24 151 6.3 1 25 1.7 10.8 787 1 10
5 Harmon Wages 24 RB 13 11 119 422 1 40 3.5 32.5 9.2 26 153 5.9 2 24 2.0 11.8 575 3 4
40 Paul Gipson 24 13 2 52 177 0 16 3.4 13.6 4.0 16 186 11.6 3 51 1.2 14.3 363 3 2
25 Art Malone 22 14 3 40 136 0 12 3.4 9.7 2.9 9 38 4.2 1 9 0.6 2.7 174 1 0
45 Sonny Campbell 22 11 0 28 116 2 15 4.1 10.5 2.5 7 92 13.1 0 27 0.6 8.4 208 2 1
17 Bob Berry 28 QB 12 12 13 60 0 16 4.6 5.0 1.1 60 0 6
11 Randy Johnson 26 qb 4 2 7 21 0 14 3.0 5.3 1.8 21 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell 23 TE 14 14 5 23 1 12 4.6 1.6 0.4 44 650 14.8 6 51 3.1 46.4 673 7 0
19 Mike Brunson 23 8 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 1.1 0.1 9 0 0
85 Paul Flatley 29 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 544 13.9 1 35 2.8 38.9 544 1 0
80 Todd Snyder 22 WR 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 311 13.5 2 43 1.9 25.9 311 2 0
15 Gail Cogdill 33 6 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 101 14.4 1 30 1.2 16.8 101 1 0
84 Mike Donohoe 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 1 22 0.1 2.6 36 1 0
Team Total 24.9 14 431 1600 4 40 3.7 114.3 30.8 197 2262 11.5 18 51 14.1 161.6 3862 22 24
Opp Total 14 479 1722 14 3.6 123.0 34.2 191 2154 11.3 11 13.6 153.9 3876 25 22

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
22 John Mallory 24 PR/SS 14 5 17 203 1 75 11.9 203
33 Cannonball Butler 27 FB/KR 14 12 14 284 0 29 20.3 1071
20 Tom McCauley 23 FS 14 12 14 138 1 77 9.9 138
45 Sonny Campbell 22 11 0 10 230 0 30 23.0 438
40 Paul Gipson 24 13 2 8 189 0 32 23.6 552
25 Art Malone 22 14 3 5 66 0 25 13.2 240
19 Mike Brunson 23 8 0 4 54 0 26 13.5 63
28 Mike Freeman 26 14 2 3 15 0 7 5.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 15
32 Grady Cavness 23 4 0 3 61 0 25 20.3 61
49 Al Lavan 24 13 9 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
5 Harmon Wages 24 RB 13 11 1 22 0 22 22.0 597
Team Total 24.9 14 34 356 2 77 10.5 47 916 0 32 19.5 5134
Opp Total 14 40 267 0 6.7 41 983 1 24.0

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 28 P 14 0 76 2944 59 0 38.7
8 Ken Vinyard 23 K 14 0 5 4 2 7 4 9 1 2 25 9 36.0%% 26 23 88.5%%
Team Total 24.9 14 5 4 2 7 4 9 1 2 25 9 36.0%% 26 23 88.5%% 76 2944 59 0 38.7
Opp Total 14 40 20 50.0%% 29 27 93.1%% 60 2472 41.2

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
33 Cannonball Butler 27 FB/KR 14 12 0 10 2 0 0
17 Bob Berry 28 QB 12 12 0 6 1 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 26 LCB 14 13 6 44 0 28 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Al Lavan 24 13 9 3 11 0 8 0 0 0 2 4 0
5 Harmon Wages 24 RB 13 11 0 4 1 0 0
22 John Mallory 24 PR/SS 14 5 1 9 0 9 0 0 1 2 17 1
60 Tommy Nobis* 27 MLB 14 14 2 36 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Mike Freeman 26 14 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
71 John Zook 23 RDE 14 14 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 2 8 0
54 Grady Allen 24 LLB 14 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Paul Gipson 24 13 2 0 2 0 0 0
87 Claude Humphrey* 26 LDE 12 12 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 3 0
20 Tom McCauley 23 FS 14 12 1 32 0 32 0 0 0 1 42 0
45 Sonny Campbell 22 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Glen Condren 28 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Don Hansen 26 RLB 14 14 1 15 0 15 0
89 Randy Marshall 24 9 2 0 0 1 0 1
53 John Matlock 26 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Rudy Redmond 23 RCB 14 14 1 12 0 12 0
62 Gary Roberts 24 11 6 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jeff Van Note 24 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.9 14 19 191 0 32 0 0 24 23 74 2
Opp Total 14 53 22 6

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
8 Ken Vinyard 23 K 14 0 23 9 50
86 Jim Mitchell 23 TE 14 14 1 6 7 42
40 Paul Gipson 24 13 2 3 3 18
5 Harmon Wages 24 RB 13 11 1 2 3 18
45 Sonny Campbell 22 11 0 2 2 12
22 John Mallory 24 PR/SS 14 5 1 1 2 12
80 Todd Snyder 22 WR 12 9 2 2 12
33 Cannonball Butler 27 FB/KR 14 12 1 1 6
15 Gail Cogdill 33 6 5 1 1 6
84 Mike Donohoe 25 14 0 1 1 6
85 Paul Flatley 29 WR 14 14 1 1 6
25 Art Malone 22 14 3 1 1 6
89 Randy Marshall 24 9 2 1 1 6
20 Tom McCauley 23 FS 14 12 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 14 4 18 2 2 26 23 9 206
Opp Total 14 14 11 1 2 1 27 20 261

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 @ NOR W, 14-3 4 2 rush Sonny Campbell 2 yard rush (Ken Vinyard kick)
2 1970-09-20 @ NOR W, 14-3 4 17 pass Harmon Wages 17 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
3 1970-09-27 @ GNB L, 24-27 3 4 rush Sonny Campbell 4 yard rush (Ken Vinyard kick)
4 1970-09-27 @ GNB L, 24-27 4 17 pass Harmon Wages 17 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
5 1970-09-27 @ GNB L, 24-27 4 18 pass Todd Snyder 18 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
6 1970-10-04 SFO W, 21-20 2 3 pass Cannonball Butler 3 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
7 1970-10-04 SFO W, 21-20 4 9 pass Jim Mitchell 9 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
8 1970-10-04 SFO W, 21-20 4 7 pass Gail Cogdill 7 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
9 1970-10-18 @ DEN L, 10-24 1 14 pass Mike Donohoe 14 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
10 1970-10-25 NOR W, 32-14 2 1 rush Harmon Wages 1 yard rush
11 1970-10-25 NOR W, 32-14 3 77 punt Tom McCauley 77 yard punt return (Ken Vinyard kick)
12 1970-10-25 NOR W, 32-14 4 20 pass Todd Snyder 20 yard pass from Bob Berry
13 1970-10-25 NOR W, 32-14 4 0 fumble Randy Marshall 0 yard fumble return (Ken Vinyard kick)
14 1970-11-01 CHI L, 14-23 2 20 pass Paul Gipson 20 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
15 1970-11-01 CHI L, 14-23 3 17 pass Jim Mitchell 17 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
16 1970-11-08 @ RAM T, 10-10 3 40 pass Jim Mitchell 40 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
17 1970-11-15 @ PHI T, 13-13 1 2 pass Jim Mitchell 2 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
18 1970-11-22 RAM L, 7-17 2 51 pass Paul Gipson 51 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
19 1970-11-30 MIA L, 7-20 4 5 pass Paul Gipson 5 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
20 1970-12-06 @ SFO L, 20-24 1 46 pass Jim Mitchell 46 yard pass from Bob Berry
21 1970-12-06 @ SFO L, 20-24 1 17 fumble John Mallory 17 yard fumble return (Ken Vinyard kick)
22 1970-12-06 @ SFO L, 20-24 3 12 pass Jim Mitchell 12 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
23 1970-12-13 PIT W, 27-16 1 5 pass Art Malone 5 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Ken Vinyard kick)
24 1970-12-13 PIT W, 27-16 3 12 rush Jim Mitchell 12 yard rush (Ken Vinyard kick)
25 1970-12-13 PIT W, 27-16 4 18 pass Paul Flatley 18 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Ken Vinyard kick)
26 1970-12-20 MIN L, 7-37 1 75 punt John Mallory 75 yard punt return (Ken Vinyard kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-27 @ GNB W, 27-24 1 23 pass Carroll Dale 23 yard pass from Bart Starr (Dale Livingston kick)
2 1970-09-27 @ GNB W, 27-24 2 2 rush Donny Anderson 2 yard rush
3 1970-09-27 @ GNB W, 27-24 2 2 rush Donny Anderson 2 yard rush (Dale Livingston kick)
4 1970-09-27 @ GNB W, 27-24 4 89 pass Carroll Dale 89 yard pass from Don Horn (Dale Livingston kick)
5 1970-10-04 SFO L, 20-21 2 3 rush Ken Willard 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
6 1970-10-04 SFO L, 20-21 3 1 pass Bob Windsor 1 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1970-10-11 @ DAL W, 13-0 4 12 pass Lance Rentzel 12 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
8 1970-10-18 @ DEN W, 24-10 1 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1970-10-18 @ DEN W, 24-10 2 2 rush Clem Turner 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1970-10-18 @ DEN W, 24-10 4 8 pass Jim Whalen 8 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1970-10-25 NOR L, 14-32 3 30 pass Danny Abramowicz 30 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1970-10-25 NOR L, 14-32 4 10 pass Ken Burrough 10 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Tom Dempsey kick)
13 1970-11-01 CHI W, 23-14 1 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
14 1970-11-01 CHI W, 23-14 3 94 kickoff Cecil Turner 94 yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)
15 1970-11-08 @ RAM T, 10-10 4 4 pass Willie Ellison 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
16 1970-11-15 @ PHI T, 13-13 4 21 fumble Steve Preece 21 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1970-11-22 RAM W, 17-7 3 14 fumble Coy Bacon 14 yard fumble return (David Ray kick)
18 1970-11-22 RAM W, 17-7 3 25 interception Kermit Alexander 25 yard interception return (David Ray kick)
19 1970-11-30 MIA W, 20-7 2 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1970-11-30 MIA W, 20-7 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1970-12-06 @ SFO W, 24-20 2 35 pass Gene Washington 35 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1970-12-06 @ SFO W, 24-20 3 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1970-12-06 @ SFO W, 24-20 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1970-12-13 PIT L, 16-27 1 10 rush John Fuqua 10 yard rush
25 1970-12-13 PIT L, 16-27 2 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Allan Watson kick)
26 1970-12-20 MIN W, 37-7 2 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
27 1970-12-20 MIN W, 37-7 2 8 pass John Beasley 8 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
28 1970-12-20 MIN W, 37-7 2 1 rush Clint Jones 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
29 1970-12-20 MIN W, 37-7 3 28 pass Dave Osborn 28 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)