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1976 Atlanta Falcons

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4-10-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.3, Offense: -6.7, Defense: -3.5, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 172 points (12.3/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 312 points (22.3/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -140 points (-10.0/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 2.7-11.3.

Coach: Marion Campbell (1-4-0) and Pat Peppler (3-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bill Nelsen and Johnny Rauch
 Defensive Coordinator: Fred Bruney

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager/Head Coach Pat Peppler
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 172 3103 868 3.6 41 17 20 191 157 354 1414 10 24 3.6 93 470 1689 10 3.6 78
Team Defense 312 4578 949 4.8 38 20 19 257 184 340 2001 14 18 5.3 95 574 2577 22 4.5 143
Lg Rank Offense 24 27 23 13 27 20 28 21 25 27 23 25 21 25
Lg Rank Defense 22 20 12 9 16 6 11 14 15 15 25 25 25 24

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore L 0-1 Los Angeles Rams 14 30 12 210 148 62 4 17 369 137 232 4
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-2 @ Detroit Lions 10 24 13 236 59 177 5 15 295 97 198
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-2 @ Chicago Bears 10 0 19 270 133 137 10 226 110 116 6
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles 13 14 18 288 162 126 2 14 210 53 157 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-4 @ New Orleans Saints 0 30 12 168 68 100 7 20 312 168 144 2
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 1-5 Cleveland Browns 17 20 13 258 169 89 1 23 432 111 321 3
7 Sat October 23 boxscore L 1-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 0 15 7 44 -39 83 3 14 245 76 169 4
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 2-6 New Orleans Saints 23 20 18 255 150 105 3 18 253 115 138 2
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 2-7 @ Seattle Seahawks 13 30 12 238 90 148 6 19 349 153 196 4
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 3-7 San Francisco 49ers 21 16 15 289 90 199 21 302 143 159 4
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 4-7 Dallas Cowboys 17 10 13 230 89 141 2 15 307 125 182 4
12 Sun November 28 boxscore L 4-8 @ Houston Oilers 14 20 15 283 165 118 3 17 359 200 159 2
13 Sat December 4 boxscore L 4-9 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 59 8 81 22 59 4 30 569 359 210 1
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-10 Green Bay Packers 20 24 16 253 108 145 1 24 350 154 196 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
11 Kim McQuilken 25 qb 8 3 1-2-0 48 121 39.7% 450 2 1.7 10 8.3 39 3.7 0.3 9.4 56.3 21.7 17 164 2.07 -0.90 12.3
10 Steve Bartkowski 24 qb 5 5 1-4-0 57 120 47.5% 677 2 1.7 9 7.5 50 5.6 2.6 11.9 135.4 39.5 18 150 3.82 1.17 13.0 0 1
16 Scott Hunter 29 QB 8 6 2-4-0 51 110 46.4% 633 5 4.5 4 3.6 34 5.8 5.0 12.4 79.1 64.7 9 81 4.64 3.97 7.6 3 3
44 Bubba Bean 22 rb 14 8 1 1 100.0% 49 1 100.0 0 0.0 49 49.0 69.0 49.0 3.5 158.3 0 0 49.00 69.00 0.0
26 Mike Esposito 23 FB 10 4 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
84 Alfred Jenkins 24 WR 14 14 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
Team Total 25.7 14 4-10-0 157 354 44.4% 1809 10 2.8 24 6.8 50 5.1 2.6 11.5 129.2 41.5 44 395 3.55 1.34 11.1 3 4
Opp Total 14 184 340 54.1% 2276 14 4.1 18 5.3 6.7 5.14 12.4 162.6 66.7 35 275 5.3 3.9 9.3

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
44 Bubba Bean 22 rb 14 8 124 428 2 30 3.5 30.6 8.9 16 148 9.3 1 50 1.1 10.6 576 3 4
24 Haskel Stanback 24 14 7 95 324 3 30 3.4 23.1 6.8 21 174 8.3 1 28 1.5 12.4 498 4 2
41 Sonny Collins 23 RB 11 5 91 319 0 47 3.5 29.0 8.3 4 37 9.3 0 20 0.4 3.4 356 0 1
26 Mike Esposito 23 FB 10 4 60 317 2 36 5.3 31.7 6.0 17 88 5.2 0 13 1.7 8.8 405 2 4
48 Woody Thompson 24 7 2 42 152 0 10 3.6 21.7 6.0 16 111 6.9 0 26 2.3 15.9 263 0 2
39 Billy Pritchett 25 rb 6 1 14 74 1 16 5.3 12.3 2.3 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.2 0.2 75 1 0
16 Scott Hunter 29 QB 8 6 14 41 1 16 2.9 5.1 1.8 41 1 1
43 Dave Hampton 29 2 1 12 24 0 10 2.0 12.0 6.0 24 0 1
11 Kim McQuilken 25 qb 8 3 9 26 0 17 2.9 3.3 1.1 26 0 6
10 Steve Bartkowski 24 qb 5 5 8 -10 1 2 -1.3 -2.0 1.6 -10 1 2
86 Jim Mitchell 29 TE 14 14 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 17 209 12.3 0 39 1.2 14.9 203 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins 24 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 710 17.3 6 34 2.9 50.7 710 6 0
42 John Gilliam 31 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 292 13.9 2 49 1.5 20.9 292 2 0
89 Wallace Francis 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.7 24 0 0
81 Bob Adams 30 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 1.2 15 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 470 1689 10 47 3.6 120.6 33.6 157 1809 11.5 10 50 11.2 129.2 3498 20 30
Opp Total 14 574 2577 22 4.5 184.1 41.0 184 2001 10.9 14 13.1 142.9 4578 36 30

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 Rolland Lawrence 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 54 372 0 24 6.9 21 521 0 36 24.8 893
38 Rick Byas 26 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 12 270 0 44 22.5 278
89 Wallace Francis 25 14 0 9 156 0 30 17.3 180
41 Sonny Collins 23 RB 11 5 7 141 0 24 20.1 497
29 Ron Mabra 25 8 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 3 61 0 26 20.3 61
44 Bubba Bean 22 rb 14 8 2 38 0 21 19.0 614
26 Mike Esposito 23 FB 10 4 1 6 0 6 6.0 1 12 0 12 12.0 423
40 Bob Jones 25 14 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 1 22 0 22 22.0 21
56 Guy Roberts 26 lb 14 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
81 Bob Adams 30 13 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 36
80 Karl Farmer 22 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
55 Ralph Ortega 23 lb 14 3 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
24 Haskel Stanback 24 14 7 1 18 0 18 18.0 516
Team Total 25.7 14 60 385 0 24 6.4 60 1269 0 44 21.2 5152
Opp Total 14 52 360 0 6.9 38 934 0 24.6

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
6 John James* 27 P 14 0 101 4253 67 0 42.1
12 Nick Mike-Mayer 26 K 14 0 2 2 4 2 5 1 10 5 21 10 47.6%% 20 20 100.0%%
Team Total 25.7 14 2 2 4 2 5 1 10 5 21 10 47.6%% 20 20 100.0%% 101 4253 67 0 42.1
Opp Total 14 17 12 70.6%% 40 32 80.0%% 87 3350 38.5

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
22 Rolland Lawrence 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 6 43 0 22 0 0 5 2 0 0
11 Kim McQuilken 25 qb 8 3 0 6 0 0 0
44 Bubba Bean 22 rb 14 8 0 4 1 0 0
32 Ray Easterling 27 FS 14 14 3 33 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Mike Esposito 23 FB 10 4 0 4 1 0 0
28 Frank Reed 22 RCB 14 14 3 48 0 42 0 0 0 2 15 0
34 Ray Brown 27 SS 14 14 3 58 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
38 Rick Byas 26 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
48 Woody Thompson 24 7 2 0 2 2 0 0
16 Scott Hunter 29 QB 8 6 0 1 2 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis 33 MLB 13 13 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 3 0
10 Steve Bartkowski 24 qb 5 5 0 2 0 0 0
52 Dewey McClain 22 llb 14 5 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Jeff Merrow 23 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
24 Haskel Stanback 24 14 7 0 2 0 0 0
62 Brent Adams 24 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
72 Jim Bailey 28 rdt 7 6 0 0 1 0 0
41 Sonny Collins 23 RB 11 5 0 1 0 0 0
77 Ron East 33 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
65 Len Gotshalk 27 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
43 Dave Hampton 29 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
87 Claude Humphrey 32 LDE 13 13 0 0 1 19 0 1
6 John James* 27 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Greg Kindle 26 RG 10 10 0 0 1 0 0
54 Fulton Kuykendall 23 LLB 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
69 Mike Lewis 27 RDT 12 8 0 0 1 0 0
29 Ron Mabra 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Phil McKinnely 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Billy Pritchett 25 rb 6 1 0 0 1 0 0
56 Guy Roberts 26 lb 14 3 1 7 0 7 0
Team Total 25.7 14 18 207 0 42 0 0 30 32 37 0 1
Opp Total 14 44 30 10 2

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 26 K 14 0 20 10 50
84 Alfred Jenkins 24 WR 14 14 6 6 36
24 Haskel Stanback 24 14 7 3 1 4 24
44 Bubba Bean 22 rb 14 8 2 1 3 18
26 Mike Esposito 23 FB 10 4 2 2 12
42 John Gilliam 31 WR 14 14 2 2 12
10 Steve Bartkowski 24 qb 5 5 1 1 6
16 Scott Hunter 29 QB 8 6 1 1 6
39 Billy Pritchett 25 rb 6 1 1 1 6
87 Claude Humphrey 32 LDE 13 13 1 2
Team Total 25.7 14 10 10 20 20 10 1 172
Opp Total 14 22 14 4 32 12 2 312

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 RAM L, 14-30 2 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1976-09-12 RAM L, 14-30 4 50 pass Bubba Bean 50 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1976-09-19 @ DET L, 10-24 2 5 rush Bubba Bean 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1976-09-26 @ CHI W, 10-0 4 3 rush Haskel Stanback 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1976-10-03 PHI L, 13-14 2 11 pass Alfred Jenkins 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
6 1976-10-17 CLE L, 17-20 2 23 rush Bubba Bean 23 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1976-10-17 CLE L, 17-20 2 18 pass John Gilliam 18 yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
8 1976-10-31 NOR W, 23-20 3 17 pass Alfred Jenkins 17 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1976-10-31 NOR W, 23-20 4 5 pass Haskel Stanback 5 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1976-10-31 NOR W, 23-20 4 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1976-11-07 @ SEA L, 13-30 4 15 pass Alfred Jenkins 15 yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1976-11-14 SFO W, 21-16 1 5 rush Haskel Stanback 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1976-11-14 SFO W, 21-16 4 34 pass Alfred Jenkins 34 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1976-11-14 SFO W, 21-16 4 21 pass Alfred Jenkins 21 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1976-11-21 DAL W, 17-10 4 35 rush Mike Esposito 35 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1976-11-21 DAL W, 17-10 4 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
17 1976-11-28 @ HOU L, 14-20 2 49 pass John Gilliam 49 yard pass from Bubba Bean (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1976-11-28 @ HOU L, 14-20 3 27 pass Alfred Jenkins 27 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1976-12-12 GNB L, 20-24 2 36 rush Mike Esposito 36 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1976-12-12 GNB L, 20-24 3 7 rush Billy Pritchett 7 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 RAM W, 30-14 2 19 pass Harold Jackson 19 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
2 1976-09-12 RAM W, 30-14 3 1 rush Ron Jaworski 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
3 1976-09-12 RAM W, 30-14 4 47 pass Ron Jessie 47 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
4 1976-09-12 RAM W, 30-14 4 46 interception Monte Jackson 46 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
5 1976-09-19 @ DET W, 24-10 4 5 rush Greg Landry 5 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
6 1976-09-19 @ DET W, 24-10 4 32 pass Ed O'Neil 32 yard pass from Joe Reed (Errol Mann kick)
7 1976-09-19 @ DET W, 24-10 4 39 interception James Hunter 39 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
8 1976-10-03 PHI W, 14-13 3 22 pass Harold Carmichael 22 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
9 1976-10-03 PHI W, 14-13 4 9 pass Charlie Smith 9 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1976-10-10 @ NOR W, 30-0 1 83 interception Jim Merlo 83 yard interception return
11 1976-10-10 @ NOR W, 30-0 2 2 rush Mike Strachan 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
12 1976-10-10 @ NOR W, 30-0 2 1 rush Bobby Scott 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
13 1976-10-10 @ NOR W, 30-0 4 25 pass Jim Thaxton 25 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
14 1976-10-17 CLE W, 20-17 1 1 rush Greg Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1976-10-17 CLE W, 20-17 1 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1976-10-17 CLE W, 20-17 3 2 rush Greg Pruitt 2 yard rush (run failed)
17 1976-10-23 @ SFO W, 15-0 3 1 rush Kermit Johnson 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1976-10-31 NOR L, 20-23 2 16 rush Henry Childs 16 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
19 1976-10-31 NOR L, 20-23 2 15 pass Larry Burton 15 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Rich Szaro kick)
20 1976-10-31 NOR L, 20-23 4 2 rush Tony Galbreath 2 yard rush
21 1976-11-07 @ SEA W, 30-13 2 21 pass Sherman Smith 21 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1976-11-07 @ SEA W, 30-13 2 31 pass John McMakin 31 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
23 1976-11-07 @ SEA W, 30-13 3 40 interception Al Matthews 40 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1976-11-07 @ SEA W, 30-13 3 53 rush Sherman Smith 53 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1976-11-14 SFO L, 16-21 3 40 pass Gene Washington 40 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1976-11-14 SFO L, 16-21 4 10 pass Gene Washington 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett
27 1976-11-21 DAL L, 10-17 1 16 rush Scott Laidlaw 16 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
28 1976-11-28 @ HOU W, 20-14 2 16 pass Ken Burrough 16 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
29 1976-11-28 @ HOU W, 20-14 3 40 pass Billy Johnson 40 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
30 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 1 4 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 4 yard rush
31 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 2 1 rush Pat Haden 1 yard rush
32 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 2 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush
33 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 3 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
34 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 3 9 rush Rod Phillips 9 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
35 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 4 2 rush James Harris 2 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
36 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 4 80 pass Dwight Scales 80 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
37 1976-12-04 @ RAM W, 59-0 4 3 rush Cullen Bryant 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
38 1976-12-12 GNB W, 24-20 2 3 rush Randy Johnson 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
39 1976-12-12 GNB W, 24-20 4 1 rush John Brockington 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
40 1976-12-12 GNB W, 24-20 4 1 rush Eric Torkelson 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)