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1977 Atlanta Falcons

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: -6.1, Defense: 6.6, SoS: -3.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 179 points (12.8/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 129 points (9.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 50 points (3.6/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.6-4.4.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (7-7-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager Eddie LeBaron
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 179 3246 919 3.5 25 9 16 198 140 297 1356 8 16 4.0 80 582 1890 9 3.2 102
Team Defense 129 3242 866 3.7 48 22 16 192 141 320 1384 9 26 3.8 76 504 1858 5 3.7 100
Lg Rank Offense 25 25 2 2 25 27 27 24 6 25 5 17 21 26
Lg Rank Defense 1 2 2 4 1 7 1 2 3 2 9 11 1 13

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 Los Angeles Rams 17 6 14 264 108 156 9 167 108 59 3
2 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-1 @ Washington Redskins 6 10 16 341 234 107 15 252 147 105 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-1 New York Giants 17 3 18 295 144 151 3 10 177 72 105 4
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 0 11 243 130 113 12 188 35 153 1
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 3-2 @ Buffalo Bills 0 3 15 200 86 114 2 15 314 96 218 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 4-2 @ Chicago Bears 16 10 11 217 90 127 17 249 131 118 5
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 4-3 Minnesota Vikings 7 14 10 212 78 134 2 17 357 212 145 5
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 4-4 San Francisco 49ers 3 10 13 155 29 126 3 8 97 25 72 2
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 5-4 Detroit Lions 17 6 13 171 61 110 3 12 145 33 112 4
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 5-5 @ New Orleans Saints 20 21 18 245 35 210 3 19 296 84 212 3
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 6-5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 0 18 222 47 175 1 8 78 16 62 5
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 6-6 New England Patriots 10 16 9 124 57 67 5 13 267 170 97 3
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 6-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 23 10 213 149 64 2 20 386 121 265 3
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 7-7 New Orleans Saints 35 7 22 344 108 236 1 17 269 134 135 5

Passing

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
16 Scott Hunter 30 qb 7 7 4-3-0 70 151 46.4 898 2 1.3 3 2.0 49 5.9 5.3 12.8 128.3 61.6 11 88 5.00 4.41 6.8
10 Steve Bartkowski 25 QB 8 7 3-4-0 64 136 47.1 796 5 3.7 13 9.6 73 5.9 2.3 12.4 99.5 38.4 29 296 3.03 0.09 17.6 0 0
11 Kim McQuilken 26 7 0 5 7 71.4 47 1 14.3 0 0.0 14 6.7 9.6 9.4 6.7 129.2 0 0 6.71 9.57 0.0
26 Mike Esposito 24 14 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
6 John James* 28 P 14 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
14 June Jones 24 1 0 1 1 100.0 -1 0 0.0 0 0.0 -1 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 79.2 0 0 -1.00 -1.00 0.0
Team Total 25.5 14 7-7-0 140 297 47.1 1740 8 2.7 16 5.4 73 5.9 4.0 12.4 124.3 52.3 40 384 4.02 2.36 11.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 141 320 44.1 1775 9 2.8 26 8.1 5.5 2.45 12.6 126.8 37.4 42 391 3.8 1.1 11.6

Rushing & Receiving

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
24 Haskel Stanback 25 RB 14 14 247 873 6 35 3.5 62.4 17.6 30 261 8.7 0 36 2.1 18.6 1134 6 8
48 Woody Thompson 25 FB 14 7 132 478 1 22 3.6 34.1 9.4 12 56 4.7 0 9 0.9 4.0 534 1 4
46 Monroe Eley 28 7 7 97 273 1 16 2.8 39.0 13.9 9 60 6.7 0 14 1.3 8.6 333 1 0
26 Mike Esposito 24 14 0 34 101 0 23 3.0 7.2 2.4 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 100 0 0
16 Scott Hunter 30 qb 7 7 28 70 1 18 2.5 10.0 4.0 70 1 3
10 Steve Bartkowski 25 QB 8 7 18 13 0 8 0.7 1.6 2.3 13 0 5
41 Secdrick McIntyre 23 6 0 13 65 0 11 5.0 10.8 2.2 1 27 27.0 1 27 0.2 4.5 92 1 0
89 Wallace Francis 26 WR 14 14 4 6 0 11 1.5 0.4 0.3 26 390 15.0 1 32 1.9 27.9 396 1 0
39 Billy Pritchett 26 9 0 3 7 0 6 2.3 0.8 0.3 7 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins 25 WR 14 14 2 7 0 9 3.5 0.5 0.1 39 677 17.4 4 73 2.8 48.4 684 4 2
11 Kim McQuilken 26 7 0 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.3 -1 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell 30 TE 12 12 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.5 0.1 17 178 10.5 0 17 1.4 14.8 172 0 0
80 Karl Farmer 23 KR 14 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 2 39 19.5 0 23 0.1 2.8 43 0 2
88 Greg McCrary 25 te 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 48 24.0 1 49 0.2 3.7 48 1 0
82 Billy Ryckman 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 1 5 0.1 0.4 5 1 0
Team Total 25.5 14 582 1890 9 35 3.2 135.0 41.6 140 1740 12.4 8 73 10.0 124.3 3630 17 28
Opp Total 14 504 1858 5 3.7 132.7 36.0 141 1384 9.8 9 10.1 98.9 3242 14 35

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Rolland Lawrence*+ 26 LCB/PR 14 14 51 352 0 37 6.9 1 13 0 13 13.0 365
80 Karl Farmer 23 KR 14 0 21 419 0 30 20.0 462
45 Tom Moriarty 24 14 0 8 136 0 22 17.0 136
82 Billy Ryckman 22 14 0 7 40 0 20 5.7 1 0 0 0 0.0 45
38 Rick Byas 27 RCB 14 11 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
46 Monroe Eley 28 7 7 1 16 0 16 16.0 349
89 Wallace Francis 26 WR 14 14 1 22 0 22 22.0 418
41 Secdrick McIntyre 23 6 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 107
Team Total 25.5 14 59 402 0 37 6.8 34 621 0 30 18.3 4653
Opp Total 14 58 519 0 8.9 43 1021 1 23.7

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
6 John James* 28 P 14 0 105 4349 61 0 41.4
12 Nick Mike-Mayer 27 K 7 0 4 3 8 3 6 1 1 19 7 36.8% 7 7 100.0% 1 23 23 0 23.0
1 Fred Steinfort 25 k 7 0 3 3 4 2 3 1 1 11 6 54.5% 13 13 100.0%
Team Total 25.5 14 7 6 12 5 9 2 2 30 13 43.3% 20 20 100.0% 106 4372 61 0 41.2
Opp Total 14 16 9 56.3% 15 12 80.0% 101 3666 36.3

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
22 Rolland Lawrence*+ 26 LCB/PR 14 14 7 138 0 36 0 0 3 3 16 0
24 Haskel Stanback 25 RB 14 14 0 8 4 0 0
55 Ralph Ortega 24 MLB 14 14 4 15 0 6 0 0 0 5 14 1
34 Ray Brown 28 SS 14 14 5 56 0 24 0 0 1 2 0 0
10 Steve Bartkowski 25 QB 8 7 0 5 1 -1 0
32 Ray Easterling 28 FS 14 14 4 46 0 36 0 0 0 2 0 0
80 Karl Farmer 23 KR 14 0 0 2 4 0 0
38 Rick Byas 27 RCB 14 11 3 122 1 72 0 0 0 2 4 0
16 Scott Hunter 30 qb 7 7 0 3 2 -2 0
48 Woody Thompson 25 FB 14 7 0 4 1 0 0
26 Mike Esposito 24 14 0 1 55 0 55 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins 25 WR 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
56 Ron McCartney 23 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
59 Robert Pennywell 23 LLB 14 9 2 30 1 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Jim Bailey 29 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 31 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
66 Warren Bryant 22 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
74 Wilson Faumuina 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Phil McKinnely 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Dave Scott 24 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
51 Andy Spiva 22 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 R.C. Thielemann 22 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 14 26 462 2 72 0 0 28 41 31 1
Opp Total 14 40 35 13

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
24 Haskel Stanback 25 RB 14 14 6 6 36
1 Fred Steinfort 25 k 7 0 13 6 31
12 Nick Mike-Mayer 27 K 7 0 7 7 28
84 Alfred Jenkins 25 WR 14 14 4 4 24
38 Rick Byas 27 RCB 14 11 1 1 6
46 Monroe Eley 28 7 7 1 1 6
89 Wallace Francis 26 WR 14 14 1 1 6
16 Scott Hunter 30 qb 7 7 1 1 6
88 Greg McCrary 25 te 13 2 1 1 6
41 Secdrick McIntyre 23 6 0 1 1 6
55 Ralph Ortega 24 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
59 Robert Pennywell 23 LLB 14 9 1 1 6
82 Billy Ryckman 22 14 0 1 1 6
48 Woody Thompson 25 FB 14 7 1 1 6
Team Total 25.5 14 9 8 1 2 20 20 13 179
Opp Total 14 5 9 1 12 9 129