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1973 Atlanta Falcons

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.9, Offense: 2.3, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 318 points (22.7/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 224 points (16.0/g), 9th.
 Differential of 94 points (6.7/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-4.2.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (9-5-0)
 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 318 4038 879 4.6 33 21 17 240 168 320 2001 14 12 5.5 100 518 2037 18 3.9 123
Team Defense 224 3559 873 4.1 37 15 16 212 151 324 1430 11 22 4.1 92 520 2129 12 4.1 104
Lg Rank Offense 7 15 13 22 9 16 12 13 3 13 9 10 2 15
Lg Rank Defense 9 6 7 16 8 7 3 5 3 2 20 18 13 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-0 @ New Orleans Saints 62 7 32 496 278 218 2 11 187 35 152 8
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 31 2 70 4 66 1 24 351 142 209
3 Mon October 1 boxscore L 1-2 @ Detroit Lions 6 31 15 188 70 118 5 15 297 39 258 1
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-3 San Francisco 49ers 9 13 15 271 138 133 1 16 290 139 151 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-3 Chicago Bears 46 6 21 422 247 175 1 13 158 21 137 4
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-3 @ San Diego Chargers 41 0 25 338 142 196 2 11 177 88 89 5
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 3 19 377 194 183 2 13 178 85 93
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-3 Los Angeles Rams 15 13 18 261 168 93 2 14 226 100 126 2
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 6-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 44 27 22 292 122 170 1 20 333 205 128 2
10 Mon November 19 boxscore W 7-3 Minnesota Vikings 20 14 18 347 171 176 3 17 291 209 82 3
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 8-3 @ New York Jets 28 20 15 288 141 147 3 15 290 173 117 6
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 8-4 Buffalo Bills 6 17 12 272 147 125 3 17 334 95 239 1
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 8-5 St. Louis Cardinals 10 32 9 120 31 89 5 15 252 9 243 2
14 Sun December 16 boxscore W 9-5 New Orleans Saints 14 10 17 296 148 148 2 11 195 90 105 2

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
19 Bob Lee 27 QB 12 10 8-2-0 120 230 52.2% 1786 10 4.3 8 3.5 57 7.8 7.1 14.9 148.8 77.9 28 256 5.93 5.31 10.9 1 2
11 Dick Shiner 31 qb 4 4 1-3-0 34 64 53.1% 401 3 4.7 4 6.3 34 6.3 4.4 11.8 100.3 62.0 11 86 4.20 2.60 14.7
7 Pat Sullivan 23 4 0 14 26 53.8% 175 1 3.8 0 0.0 21 6.7 7.5 12.5 43.8 87.8 2 19 5.57 6.29 7.1
Team Total 25.8 14 9-5-0 168 320 52.5% 2362 14 4.4 12 3.8 57 7.4 6.6 14.1 168.7 75.5 41 361 5.54 4.82 11.4 1 2
Opp Total 14 151 324 46.6% 1619 11 3.4 22 6.8 5.0 2.62 10.7 115.6 44.8 29 189 4.1 1.9 8.2

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
43 Dave Hampton 26 FB 14 14 263 997 4 25 3.8 71.2 18.8 25 273 10.9 1 22 1.8 19.5 1270 5 7
44 Eddie Ray 26 14 6 96 434 9 17 4.5 31.0 6.9 19 192 10.1 2 39 1.4 13.7 626 11 8
25 Art Malone 25 RB 10 8 76 336 2 14 4.4 33.6 7.6 19 177 9.3 1 33 1.9 17.7 513 3 2
19 Bob Lee 27 QB 12 10 29 67 0 11 2.3 5.6 2.4 67 0 6
5 Harmon Wages 27 6 0 18 47 1 13 2.6 7.8 3.0 2 14 7.0 0 14 0.3 2.3 61 1 0
23 Joe Profit 24 3 0 18 55 2 9 3.1 18.3 6.0 55 2 3
86 Jim Mitchell 26 TE 14 14 5 34 0 13 6.8 2.4 0.4 32 420 13.1 0 50 2.3 30.0 454 0 0
30 Joe Washington 22 KR 9 0 4 36 0 16 9.0 4.0 0.4 36 0 0
11 Dick Shiner 31 qb 4 4 3 -2 0 3 -0.7 -0.5 0.8 -2 0 4
7 Pat Sullivan 23 4 0 3 19 0 9 6.3 4.8 0.8 19 0 1
82 Ken Burrow 25 9 8 2 17 0 9 8.5 1.9 0.2 31 567 18.3 7 57 3.4 63.0 584 7 1
84 Tom Geredine 23 WR 12 5 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 0.1 12 231 19.3 1 46 1.0 19.3 228 1 1
41 Al Dodd 28 WR 13 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 291 15.3 0 25 1.5 22.4 291 0 1
80 Louis Neal 22 5 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 131 26.2 1 50 1.0 26.2 131 1 0
81 Wes Chesson 24 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 1 20 1.0 18.0 36 1 0
83 Larry Mialik 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 30 15.0 0 17 0.1 2.1 30 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 518 2037 18 25 3.9 145.5 37.0 168 2362 14.1 14 57 12.0 168.7 4399 32 40
Opp Total 14 520 2129 12 4.1 152.1 37.1 151 1430 9.5 11 10.8 102.1 3559 23 29

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
34 Ray Brown 24 PR/SS 14 14 40 360 0 57 9.0 360
30 Joe Washington 22 KR 9 0 20 432 0 30 21.6 468
43 Dave Hampton 26 FB 14 14 11 258 0 42 23.5 1528
84 Tom Geredine 23 WR 12 5 9 211 0 51 23.4 439
41 Al Dodd 28 WR 13 10 8 69 0 28 8.6 360
35 Tony Plummer 26 14 0 5 115 0 37 23.0 115
51 Duane Benson 28 14 0 3 20 0 9 6.7 20
22 Rolland Lawrence 22 14 0 3 71 0 28 23.7 71
23 Joe Profit 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 55
5 Harmon Wages 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 61
Team Total 25.8 14 48 429 0 57 8.9 53 1107 0 51 20.9 5935
Opp Total 14 30 185 0 6.2 58 1369 0 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
12 Nick Mike-Mayer* 23 K 14 0 5 5 10 7 9 6 12 7 2 1 38 26 68.4%% 34 34 100.0%%
6 John James 24 P 14 0 63 2682 72 0 42.6
Team Total 25.8 14 5 5 10 7 9 6 12 7 2 1 38 26 68.4%% 34 34 100.0%% 63 2682 72 0 42.6
Opp Total 14 28 19 67.9%% 24 23 95.8%% 80 3368 42.1

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
34 Ray Brown 24 PR/SS 14 14 6 99 0 24 0 0 4 1 0 0
19 Bob Lee 27 QB 12 10 0 6 4 -5 0
43 Dave Hampton 26 FB 14 14 0 7 1 0 0
44 Eddie Ray 26 14 6 0 8 0 0 0
58 Don Hansen 29 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
27 Tom Hayes 27 RCB 14 14 4 142 2 65 0 0 0 1 16 0
11 Dick Shiner 31 qb 4 4 0 4 1 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 29 LCB 14 14 2 20 0 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 27 RLB 14 14 3 51 0 36 0
29 Clarence Ellis 23 FS 14 14 2 90 0 48 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Tom Geredine 23 WR 12 5 0 1 2 0 0
22 Rolland Lawrence 22 14 0 1 81 0 81 0 0 0 2 0 0
23 Joe Profit 24 3 0 0 3 0 0 0
41 Al Dodd 28 WR 13 10 0 1 1 8 0
87 Claude Humphrey*+ 29 LDE 14 14 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 22 0
25 Art Malone 25 RB 10 8 0 2 0 0 0
52 Ken Mitchell 25 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 Tony Plummer 26 14 0 1 39 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
61 Bill Sandeman 31 LT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
82 Ken Burrow 25 9 8 0 1 0 0 0
56 Dennis Havig 24 RG 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
75 George Kunz* 26 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
64 Andy Maurer 25 LG 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
83 Larry Mialik 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell 26 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis 30 MLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
7 Pat Sullivan 23 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
79 Chuck Walker 32 LDT 14 1 1 0 0 0 0
59 Lonnie Warwick 31 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 John Zook* 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 22 528 2 81 0 0 40 32 41 0 1
Opp Total 14 41 29 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
12 Nick Mike-Mayer* 23 K 14 0 34 26 112
44 Eddie Ray 26 14 6 9 2 11 66
82 Ken Burrow 25 9 8 7 7 42
43 Dave Hampton 26 FB 14 14 4 1 5 30
25 Art Malone 25 RB 10 8 2 1 3 18
27 Tom Hayes 27 RCB 14 14 2 2 12
23 Joe Profit 24 3 0 2 2 12
81 Wes Chesson 24 2 2 1 1 6
84 Tom Geredine 23 WR 12 5 1 1 6
80 Louis Neal 22 5 3 1 1 6
5 Harmon Wages 27 6 0 1 1 6
35 Tony Plummer 26 14 0 1 2
Team Total 25.8 14 18 14 2 34 34 26 1 318
Opp Total 14 12 11 1 23 19 224

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 2 2 rush Art Malone 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 2 65 interception Tom Hayes 65 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 2 34 pass Ken Burrow 34 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 3 23 pass Ken Burrow 23 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 3 16 pass Wes Chesson 16 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
6 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 3 3 rush Joe Profit 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 4 8 pass Eddie Ray 8 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
8 1973-09-16 @ NOR W, 62-7 4 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1973-10-14 CHI W, 46-6 2 24 rush Dave Hampton 24 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1973-10-14 CHI W, 46-6 2 41 pass Ken Burrow 41 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1973-10-14 CHI W, 46-6 3 2 rush Dave Hampton 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1973-10-14 CHI W, 46-6 3 3 pass Art Malone 3 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1973-10-14 CHI W, 46-6 3 5 rush Joe Profit 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1973-10-21 @ SDG W, 41-0 1 8 rush Art Malone 8 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1973-10-21 @ SDG W, 41-0 2 4 rush Dave Hampton 4 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1973-10-21 @ SDG W, 41-0 3 2 rush Dave Hampton 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
17 1973-10-21 @ SDG W, 41-0 4 2 rush Eddie Ray 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1973-10-21 @ SDG W, 41-0 4 12 rush Eddie Ray 12 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1973-10-28 @ SFO W, 17-3 1 51 pass Ken Burrow 51 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1973-10-28 @ SFO W, 17-3 2 22 pass Ken Burrow 22 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1973-11-11 @ PHI W, 44-27 1 3 rush Eddie Ray 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1973-11-11 @ PHI W, 44-27 2 12 pass Ken Burrow 12 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1973-11-11 @ PHI W, 44-27 4 2 rush Eddie Ray 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1973-11-11 @ PHI W, 44-27 4 1 rush Harmon Wages 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1973-11-11 @ PHI W, 44-27 4 21 pass Ken Burrow 21 yard pass from Pat Sullivan (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1973-11-19 MIN W, 20-14 2 19 pass Dave Hampton 19 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1973-11-19 MIN W, 20-14 2 39 pass Eddie Ray 39 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1973-11-25 @ NYJ W, 28-20 1 38 pass Tom Geredine 38 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1973-11-25 @ NYJ W, 28-20 2 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1973-11-25 @ NYJ W, 28-20 2 47 pass Louis Neal 47 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
31 1973-11-25 @ NYJ W, 28-20 4 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
32 1973-12-09 STL L, 10-32 1 38 interception Tom Hayes 38 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
33 1973-12-16 NOR W, 14-10 1 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
34 1973-12-16 NOR W, 14-10 2 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ NOR L, 7-62 3 5 pass Bill Butler 5 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
2 1973-09-23 @ RAM W, 31-0 2 7 pass Harold Jackson 7 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ RAM W, 31-0 2 4 rush Jim Bertelsen 4 yard rush (David Ray kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ RAM W, 31-0 4 29 pass Jack Snow 29 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ RAM W, 31-0 4 2 rush Larry Smith 2 yard rush (David Ray kick)
6 1973-10-01 @ DET W, 31-6 1 57 rush Larry Walton 57 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
7 1973-10-01 @ DET W, 31-6 2 10 rush Altie Taylor 10 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
8 1973-10-01 @ DET W, 31-6 2 32 rush Mel Farr 32 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
9 1973-10-01 @ DET W, 31-6 4 9 rush Ron Jessie 9 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
10 1973-10-07 SFO W, 13-9 2 7 rush Vic Washington 7 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1973-10-14 CHI L, 6-46 2 15 rush Carl Garrett 15 yard rush
12 1973-11-04 RAM L, 13-15 1 2 rush Tony Baker 2 yard rush (David Ray kick)
13 1973-11-11 @ PHI L, 27-44 1 4 pass Tom Sullivan 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
14 1973-11-11 @ PHI L, 27-44 3 4 pass Norm Bulaich 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
15 1973-11-11 @ PHI L, 27-44 4 19 pass Harold Carmichael 19 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
16 1973-11-19 MIN L, 14-20 2 39 pass John Gilliam 39 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
17 1973-11-19 MIN L, 14-20 4 2 pass Bill Brown 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
18 1973-11-25 @ NYJ L, 20-28 1 2 pass Rich Caster 2 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1973-11-25 @ NYJ L, 20-28 3 38 pass Eddie Bell 38 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1973-12-02 BUF W, 17-6 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
21 1973-12-02 BUF W, 17-6 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1973-12-09 STL W, 32-10 2 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1973-12-09 STL W, 32-10 4 32 fumble Jim McFarland 32 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1973-12-16 NOR L, 10-14 3 6 pass Bob Newland 6 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)