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1971 Atlanta Falcons

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7-6-1, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.3, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 274 points (19.6/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 277 points (19.8/g), 13th.
 Differential of -3 points (-0.2/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 6.9-7.1.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-6-1)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

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 274 3959 810 4.9 36 15 14 221 167 285 2256 16 21 7.1 108 494 1703 12 3.4 99
Team Defense 277 3787 874 4.3 38 18 17 237 164 343 1638 9 20 4.4 106 500 2149 19 4.3 114
Lg Rank Offense 13 15 14 11 15 24 11 9 13 1 7 16 12 23
Lg Rank Defense 13 8 12 6 17 9 1 1 15 2 24 21 23 18

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 20 17 16 266 165 101 1 22 372 206 166 7
2 Sun September 26 boxscore T 1-0-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 20 20 20 437 287 150 1 20 317 125 192 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-1-1 @ Detroit Lions 38 41 16 342 295 47 5 23 318 95 223 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-2-1 St. Louis Cardinals 9 26 15 213 119 94 6 16 263 112 151
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 1-3-1 Los Angeles Rams 16 24 14 249 135 114 4 18 306 182 124 4
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 2-3-1 New Orleans Saints 28 6 25 364 80 284 1 15 202 144 58 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 31 14 17 317 142 175 10 153 88 65 4
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 4-3-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 9 6 15 267 112 155 1 10 167 73 94 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-4-1 New York Giants 17 21 13 219 139 80 2 19 324 152 172 3
10 Mon November 22 boxscore W 5-4-1 Green Bay Packers 28 21 27 386 182 204 2 7 143 40 103 1
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 5-5-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 24 4 123 55 68 3 19 304 47 257 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 6-5-1 Oakland Raiders 24 13 17 327 214 113 5 20 328 120 208 5
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 6-6-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 3 24 8 130 69 61 4 18 290 119 171 1
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 7-6-1 @ New Orleans Saints 24 20 14 319 262 57 1 20 300 135 165 1

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 29 QB 11 10 4-5-1 136 226 60.2% 2005 11 4.9 16 7.1 84 8.9 6.7 14.7 182.3 75.9 21 150 7.51 5.49 8.5 1 1
11 Dick Shiner 29 qb 10 4 3-1-0 30 57 52.6% 463 5 8.8 5 8.8 47 8.1 5.9 15.4 46.3 72.5 10 89 5.58 3.72 14.9 1 1
10 Leo Hart 22 1 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
26 Billy Lothridge 29 P 9 0 1 1 100.0% 27 0 0.0 0 0.0 27 27.0 27.0 27.0 3.0 118.7 0 0 27.00 27.00 0.0
Team Total 25.1 14 7-6-1 167 285 58.6% 2495 16 5.6 21 7.4 84 8.8 6.6 14.9 178.2 75.4 31 239 7.14 5.16 9.8 2 2
Opp Total 14 164 343 47.8% 1895 9 2.6 20 5.8 5.5 3.43 11.6 135.4 49.4 31 257 4.4 2.5 8.3

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 28 FB 13 13 186 594 2 19 3.2 45.7 14.3 15 143 9.5 2 27 1.2 11.0 737 4 7
25 Art Malone 23 RB 13 13 120 438 6 19 3.7 33.7 9.2 34 380 11.2 2 46 2.6 29.2 818 8 5
5 Harmon Wages 25 14 1 64 266 1 27 4.2 19.0 4.6 19 249 13.1 1 47 1.4 17.8 515 2 2
28 Willie Belton 23 KR/PR 14 0 56 237 1 16 4.2 16.9 4.0 3 22 7.3 0 10 0.2 1.6 259 1 9
45 Sonny Campbell 23 14 1 29 79 0 8 2.7 5.6 2.1 3 40 13.3 0 29 0.2 2.9 119 0 1
17 Bob Berry 29 QB 11 10 19 31 0 9 1.6 2.8 1.7 31 0 4
11 Dick Shiner 29 qb 10 4 10 9 1 4 0.9 0.9 1.0 9 1 3
86 Jim Mitchell 24 TE 13 13 4 25 0 24 6.3 1.9 0.3 33 593 18.0 5 43 2.5 45.6 618 5 3
23 Joe Profit 22 4 0 3 10 1 4 3.3 2.5 0.8 10 1 2
82 Ken Burrow 23 WR 14 14 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 33 741 22.5 6 84 2.4 52.9 746 6 1
81 Wes Chesson 22 WR 14 14 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 20 224 11.2 0 24 1.4 16.0 220 0 0
46 Ray Jarvis 22 2 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 6.5 0.5 13 0 0
85 Ray Poage 31 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 71 17.8 0 31 1.0 17.8 71 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 25 RLB 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 3 0 0
75 George Kunz* 24 RT 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
22 John Mallory 25 SS 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.1 1.9 27 0 1
Team Total 25.1 14 494 1703 12 27 3.4 121.6 35.3 167 2495 14.9 16 84 11.9 178.2 4198 28 39
Opp Total 14 500 2149 19 4.3 153.5 35.7 164 1638 10.0 9 11.7 117.0 3787 28 32

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
28 Willie Belton 23 KR/PR 14 0 30 163 0 32 5.4 28 706 0 58 25.2 1128
33 Cannonball Butler 28 FB 13 13 13 372 0 82 28.6 1109
23 Joe Profit 22 4 0 10 247 0 35 24.7 257
22 John Mallory 25 SS 14 11 5 3 0 2 0.6 30
45 Sonny Campbell 23 14 1 4 95 0 33 23.8 214
34 Ray Brown 22 FS 10 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
63 Dick Enderle 24 14 4 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
53 John Matlock 27 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
20 Tom McCauley 24 4 4 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
66 John Small 25 LDT 14 12 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
5 Harmon Wages 25 14 1 1 21 0 21 21.0 536
Team Total 25.1 14 37 174 0 32 4.7 59 1477 0 82 25.0 5849
Opp Total 14 26 117 0 4.5 52 1228 1 23.6

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
37 Bill Bell 24 K 14 0 4 4 7 5 5 3 5 1 21 13 61.9%% 33 29 87.9%% 16 577 48 0 36.1
26 Billy Lothridge 29 P 9 0 44 1639 58 1 37.3
Team Total 25.1 14 4 4 7 5 5 3 5 1 21 13 61.9%% 33 29 87.9%% 60 2216 58 1 36.9
Opp Total 14 23 20 87.0%% 31 31 100.0%% 63 2608 41.4

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
28 Willie Belton 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 9 1 0 0
33 Cannonball Butler 28 FB 13 13 0 7 3 0 0
25 Art Malone 23 RB 13 13 0 5 3 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 27 LCB 14 14 6 43 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
17 Bob Berry 29 QB 11 10 0 4 2 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 25 RLB 14 14 3 22 0 11 0 0 0 3 8 0
58 Don Hansen 27 MLB 14 14 3 56 1 40 0 0 0 3 14 0
27 Tom Hayes 25 RCB 14 14 3 27 0 27 0 0 0 3 69 1
11 Dick Shiner 29 qb 10 4 0 3 2 -6 0
34 Ray Brown 22 FS 10 9 3 32 0 23 0 0 0 1 11 0
22 John Mallory 25 SS 14 11 0 1 3 54 1
86 Jim Mitchell 24 TE 13 13 0 3 1 55 1
45 Sonny Campbell 23 14 1 0 1 2 11 0
23 Joe Profit 22 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
66 John Small 25 LDT 14 12 0 0 3 17 0
5 Harmon Wages 25 14 1 0 2 1 0 0
82 Ken Burrow 23 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
52 Ron Acks 27 LLB 14 10 1 0 0 0 0
88 Glen Condren 29 RDT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
72 Greg Lens 26 7 4 0 0 1 0 0
20 Tom McCauley 24 4 4 1 0 0 0 0
55 Jim Miller 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis 28 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
61 Bill Sandeman 29 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jeff Van Note 25 C 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 20 180 1 40 0 0 39 39 233 3 1
Opp Total 14 31 32 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
37 Bill Bell 24 K 14 0 29 13 68
25 Art Malone 23 RB 13 13 6 2 8 48
82 Ken Burrow 23 WR 14 14 6 6 36
86 Jim Mitchell 24 TE 13 13 5 1 6 36
33 Cannonball Butler 28 FB 13 13 2 2 4 24
27 Tom Hayes 25 RCB 14 14 1 2 3 18
5 Harmon Wages 25 14 1 1 1 2 12
28 Willie Belton 23 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
58 Don Hansen 27 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
22 John Mallory 25 SS 14 11 1 1 6
23 Joe Profit 22 4 0 1 1 6
11 Dick Shiner 29 qb 10 4 1 1 6
71 John Zook 24 RDE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.1 14 12 16 3 1 2 34 29 13 1 274
Opp Total 14 19 9 1 1 31 20 277

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 SFO W, 20-17 2 10 pass Ken Burrow 10 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
2 1971-09-19 SFO W, 20-17 3 35 pass Ken Burrow 35 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ RAM T, 20-20 2 27 pass Cannonball Butler 27 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ RAM T, 20-20 3 4 rush Joe Profit 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ DET L, 38-41 1 13 pass Jim Mitchell 13 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
6 1971-10-03 @ DET L, 38-41 2 56 pass Ken Burrow 56 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
7 1971-10-03 @ DET L, 38-41 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
8 1971-10-03 @ DET L, 38-41 3 25 pass Ken Burrow 25 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
9 1971-10-03 @ DET L, 38-41 4 20 blocked punt Tom Hayes 20 yard blocked punt return (Bill Bell kick)
10 1971-10-10 STL L, 9-26 4 25 blocked punt Tom Hayes 25 yard blocked punt return
11 1971-10-17 RAM L, 16-24 1 1 pass Cannonball Butler 1 yard pass from Bob Berry
12 1971-10-17 RAM L, 16-24 4 54 fumble John Mallory 54 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
13 1971-10-24 NOR W, 28-6 1 4 rush Dick Shiner 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
14 1971-10-24 NOR W, 28-6 1 17 pass Harmon Wages 17 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
15 1971-10-24 NOR W, 28-6 2 14 pass Jim Mitchell 14 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
16 1971-10-24 NOR W, 28-6 4 13 rush Willie Belton 13 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
17 1971-10-31 @ CLE W, 31-14 1 39 pass Ken Burrow 39 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
18 1971-10-31 @ CLE W, 31-14 1 40 interception Don Hansen 40 yard interception return (Bill Bell kick)
19 1971-10-31 @ CLE W, 31-14 2 23 pass Jim Mitchell 23 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
20 1971-10-31 @ CLE W, 31-14 3 1 rush Cannonball Butler 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
21 1971-11-07 @ CIN W, 9-6 4 46 pass Art Malone 46 yard pass from Dick Shiner
22 1971-11-14 NYG L, 17-21 1 2 rush Harmon Wages 2 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
23 1971-11-14 NYG L, 17-21 3 23 pass Jim Mitchell 23 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
24 1971-11-22 GNB W, 28-21 1 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush
25 1971-11-22 GNB W, 28-21 2 2 rush Cannonball Butler 2 yard rush (run failed)
26 1971-11-22 GNB W, 28-21 3 3 pass Jim Mitchell 3 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
27 1971-11-22 GNB W, 28-21 4 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
28 1971-11-28 @ MIN L, 7-24 2 55 fumble Jim Mitchell 55 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
29 1971-12-05 OAK W, 24-13 1 60 fumble Tom Hayes 60 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
30 1971-12-05 OAK W, 24-13 2 15 pass Art Malone 15 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
31 1971-12-05 OAK W, 24-13 4 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
32 1971-12-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 1 6 rush Art Malone 6 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
33 1971-12-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 4 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
34 1971-12-19 @ NOR W, 24-20 4 22 pass Ken Burrow 22 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 SFO L, 17-20 2 25 rush Jimmy Thomas 25 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1971-09-19 SFO L, 17-20 4 33 pass Ted Kwalick 33 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ RAM T, 20-20 1 1 pass Bob Klein 1 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (David Ray kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ RAM T, 20-20 3 50 rush Willie Ellison 50 yard rush (David Ray kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ DET W, 41-38 1 52 fumble Mike Weger 52 yard fumble return (Errol Mann kick)
6 1971-10-03 @ DET W, 41-38 1 2 rush Steve Owens 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
7 1971-10-03 @ DET W, 41-38 2 97 kickoff Ron Jessie 97 yard kickoff return (Errol Mann kick)
8 1971-10-03 @ DET W, 41-38 2 56 pass Larry Walton 56 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
9 1971-10-03 @ DET W, 41-38 3 16 pass Charlie Sanders 16 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
10 1971-10-10 STL W, 26-9 2 1 rush MacArthur Lane 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1971-10-10 STL W, 26-9 3 2 rush Roy Shivers 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1971-10-17 RAM W, 24-16 2 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
13 1971-10-17 RAM W, 24-16 4 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
14 1971-10-17 RAM W, 24-16 4 5 rush Willie Ellison 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
15 1971-10-31 @ CLE L, 14-31 3 12 rush Bo Scott 12 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1971-10-31 @ CLE L, 14-31 4 24 pass Gary Collins 24 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1971-11-14 NYG W, 21-17 1 10 pass Bob Tucker 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
18 1971-11-14 NYG W, 21-17 3 4 rush Bobby Duhon 4 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
19 1971-11-14 NYG W, 21-17 4 2 rush Fran Tarkenton 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1971-11-22 GNB L, 21-28 2 57 blocked field goal Doug Hart 57 yard blocked field goal return (Lou Michaels kick)
21 1971-11-22 GNB L, 21-28 2 14 pass Donny Anderson 14 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1971-11-22 GNB L, 21-28 4 24 rush John Brockington 24 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ MIN W, 24-7 2 73 rush Clint Jones 73 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
24 1971-11-28 @ MIN W, 24-7 3 23 rush Bill Brown 23 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1971-11-28 @ MIN W, 24-7 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
26 1971-12-05 OAK L, 13-24 3 31 pass Fred Biletnikoff 31 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
27 1971-12-12 @ SFO W, 24-3 1 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
28 1971-12-12 @ SFO W, 24-3 2 23 pass Larry Schreiber 23 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
29 1971-12-12 @ SFO W, 24-3 2 5 rush John Brodie 5 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ NOR L, 20-24 1 6 rush Bob Gresham 6 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
31 1971-12-19 @ NOR L, 20-24 3 6 rush Archie Manning 6 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)