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1978 Atlanta Falcons

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.6, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -0.9, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 240 points (15.0/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 290 points (18.1/g), 14th.
 Differential of -50 points (-3.1/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 6.2-9.8.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (9-7-0)

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
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 240 4062 1038 3.9 41 18 30 253 221 449 2402 11 23 4.8 133 533 1660 13 3.1 90
Team Defense 290 4431 1069 4.1 37 25 37 267 215 444 2364 11 12 4.8 113 578 2067 21 3.6 117
Lg Rank Offense 26 26 17 15 24 8 16 24 18 25 23 27 21 27
Lg Rank Defense 14 5 20 2 8 23 9 4 28 4 16 8 24 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 Houston Oilers 20 14 11 171 71 100 1 13 261 105 156 4
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 10 7 73 3 70 3 23 358 216 142 4
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 1-2 Cleveland Browns 16 24 17 234 147 87 4 17 308 198 110 3
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 14 13 217 69 148 3 10 176 82 94 1
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-3 New York Giants 23 20 22 350 198 152 3 8 146 59 87 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 31 20 257 144 113 4 28 387 206 181 3
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-4 Detroit Lions 14 0 15 248 122 126 13 169 147 22 3
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 17 16 330 216 114 2 21 261 53 208 2
9 Mon October 30 boxscore W 5-4 Los Angeles Rams 15 7 9 185 87 98 2 14 234 140 94 5
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 6-4 San Francisco 49ers 21 10 16 246 184 62 3 13 168 50 118 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-4 @ New Orleans Saints 20 17 16 284 210 74 1 22 347 181 166 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-5 @ Chicago Bears 7 13 21 344 195 149 2 13 183 72 111
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 8-5 New Orleans Saints 20 17 25 385 255 130 4 13 335 205 130 2
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 8-6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 37 10 174 91 83 3 20 360 137 223
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 9-6 Washington Redskins 20 17 17 253 140 113 15 311 165 146 2
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 9-7 @ St. Louis Cardinals 21 42 18 311 270 41 6 24 427 348 79 2
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 24 boxscore W 10-7 Philadelphia Eagles 14 13 14 298 223 75 5 15 217 164 53 2
Division Sat December 30 boxscore L 10-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 20 27 16 216 52 164 3 26 369 221 148 4

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
10 Steve Bartkowski 26 QB 14 13 8-5-0 187 369 50.7% 2489 10 2.7 18 4.9 71 6.7 5.1 13.3 177.8 61.1 39 349 5.25 3.75 9.6 5 6
14 June Jones 25 qb 7 3 1-2-0 34 79 43.0% 394 1 1.3 4 5.1 38 5.0 3.0 11.6 56.3 41.9 17 132 2.73 1.06 17.7 1 1
44 Bubba Bean 24 FB 15 15 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 25.5 16 9-7-0 221 449 49.2% 2883 11 2.4 23 5.1 71 6.4 4.6 13.0 180.2 56.7 56 481 4.76 3.14 11.1 6 7
Opp Total 16 215 444 48.4% 2789 11 2.5 12 2.7 6.3 5.56 13.0 174.3 65.6 47 425 4.8 4.2 9.6

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 24 FB 15 15 193 707 3 25 3.7 47.1 12.9 31 209 6.7 1 38 2.1 13.9 916 4 7
24 Haskel Stanback 26 RB 15 15 188 588 5 26 3.1 39.2 12.5 12 108 9.0 0 20 0.8 7.2 696 5 5
33 Ricky Patton 24 rb 16 1 68 206 1 15 3.0 12.9 4.3 10 90 9.0 1 32 0.6 5.6 296 2 6
10 Steve Bartkowski 26 QB 14 13 33 60 2 8 1.8 4.3 2.4 60 2 7
25 Ray Strong 22 rb 14 1 30 99 2 14 3.3 7.1 2.1 7 56 8.0 0 21 0.5 4.0 155 2 1
14 June Jones 25 qb 7 3 10 -3 0 17 -0.3 -0.4 1.4 -3 0 4
26 Mike Esposito 25 16 0 7 21 0 7 3.0 1.3 0.4 3 10 3.3 0 4 0.2 0.6 31 0 0
89 Wallace Francis 27 WR 16 16 2 -11 0 -5 -5.5 -0.7 0.1 45 695 15.4 3 54 2.8 43.4 684 3 0
81 Dennis Pearson 23 KR 13 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 5 71 14.2 0 23 0.4 5.5 72 0 0
40 George Franklin 24 15 0 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.5 0.1 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.1 1.3 11 0 1
82 Billy Ryckman 23 PR/WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 679 15.1 2 59 2.8 42.4 679 2 4
86 Jim Mitchell 31 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 366 11.4 2 24 2.0 22.9 366 2 2
85 Alfred Jackson 23 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 526 20.2 2 71 1.7 35.1 526 2 3
84 Alfred Jenkins 26 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 28 14.0 0 22 2.0 28.0 28 0 0
83 James Wright 22 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 26 13.0 0 18 0.1 1.7 26 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 533 1660 13 26 3.1 103.8 33.3 221 2883 13.0 11 71 13.8 180.2 4543 24 41
Opp Total 16 578 2067 21 3.6 129.2 36.1 215 2364 11.0 11 13.4 147.8 4431 32 46

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
82 Billy Ryckman 23 PR/WR 16 15 28 227 0 38 8.1 906
81 Dennis Pearson 23 KR 13 0 25 662 1 100 26.5 734
85 Alfred Jackson 23 15 0 11 89 0 32 8.1 11 225 0 30 20.5 840
40 George Franklin 24 15 0 11 258 0 33 23.5 269
27 Tom Pridemore 22 FS 16 14 4 71 0 20 17.8 71
25 Ray Strong 22 rb 14 1 3 50 0 23 16.7 205
38 Rick Byas 28 RCB 16 16 2 12 0 12 6.0 12
77 Edgar Fields 24 dt 16 2 2 21 0 20 10.5 21
83 James Wright 22 15 0 2 31 0 16 15.5 57
22 Rolland Lawrence 27 LCB 16 16 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
86 Jim Mitchell 31 TE 16 16 1 14 0 14 14.0 380
Team Total 25.5 16 42 345 0 38 8.2 59 1332 1 100 22.6 6220
Opp Total 16 54 305 0 5.6 49 1141 0 23.3

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 29 P 16 0 109 4227 57 1 38.8
4 Tim Mazzetti 22 K 10 0 7 7 9 6 16 13 81.3%% 18 18 100.0%%
1 Fred Steinfort 26 k 6 0 1 1 5 1 4 1 10 3 30.0%% 9 8 88.9%%
Team Total 25.5 16 8 8 14 7 4 1 26 16 61.5%% 27 26 96.3%% 109 4227 57 1 38.8
Opp Total 16 23 13 56.5%% 36 35 97.2%% 108 3953 36.6

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
44 Bubba Bean 24 FB 15 15 0 7 4 0 0
10 Steve Bartkowski 26 QB 14 13 0 7 3 -9 0
22 Rolland Lawrence 27 LCB 16 16 6 76 0 44 0 0 1 2 16 0
33 Ricky Patton 24 rb 16 1 0 6 0 0 0
28 Frank Reed 24 SS 16 16 1 38 0 38 0 0 0 5 13 0 1
82 Billy Ryckman 23 PR/WR 16 15 0 4 2 0 0
24 Haskel Stanback 26 RB 15 15 0 5 0 0 0
38 Rick Byas 28 RCB 16 16 2 37 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0
14 June Jones 25 qb 7 3 0 4 0 -12 0
52 Dewey McClain 24 16 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
27 Tom Pridemore 22 FS 16 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -7 0
85 Alfred Jackson 23 15 0 0 3 0 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell 31 TE 16 16 0 2 1 10 0
40 George Franklin 24 15 0 0 1 1 0 0
78 Mike Kenn 22 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
59 Robert Pennywell 24 MLB 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
70 Dave Scott 25 LG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
68 R.C. Thielemann 23 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
72 Jim Bailey 30 LDT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 32 RLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
66 Warren Bryant 23 RT 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
32 Ray Easterling 29 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
26 Mike Esposito 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Wilson Faumuina 24 16 1 1 7 0 7 0
89 Wallace Francis 27 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
36 Bob Glazebrook 22 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Claude Humphrey 34 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
54 Fulton Kuykendall 25 LLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
69 Mike Lewis 29 RDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
56 Ron McCartney 24 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Phil McKinnely 24 t 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
55 Ralph Ortega 25 15 1 0 0 1 0 0
25 Ray Strong 22 rb 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 12 159 0 44 0 0 41 47 11 0 2
Opp Total 16 56 46 21

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
4 Tim Mazzetti 22 K 10 0 18 13 57
24 Haskel Stanback 26 RB 15 15 5 5 30
44 Bubba Bean 24 FB 15 15 3 1 4 24
89 Wallace Francis 27 WR 16 16 3 3 18
1 Fred Steinfort 26 k 6 0 8 3 17
10 Steve Bartkowski 26 QB 14 13 2 2 12
85 Alfred Jackson 23 15 0 2 2 12
86 Jim Mitchell 31 TE 16 16 2 2 12
33 Ricky Patton 24 rb 16 1 1 1 2 12
82 Billy Ryckman 23 PR/WR 16 15 2 2 12
25 Ray Strong 22 rb 14 1 2 2 12
38 Rick Byas 28 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
45 Tom Moriarty 25 14 0 1 1 6
81 Dennis Pearson 23 KR 13 0 1 1 6
52 Dewey McClain 24 16 0 1 2
28 Frank Reed 24 SS 16 16 1 2
Team Total 25.5 16 13 11 1 2 27 26 16 2 240
Opp Total 16 21 11 2 35 13 290

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 HOU W, 20-14 2 38 pass Bubba Bean 38 yard pass from June Jones (Fred Steinfort kick)
2 1978-09-03 HOU W, 20-14 2 0 fumble Tom Moriarty 0 yard fumble return (Fred Steinfort kick)
3 1978-09-17 CLE L, 16-24 2 15 rush Haskel Stanback 15 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
4 1978-09-17 CLE L, 16-24 4 2 rush Ray Strong 2 yard rush
5 1978-09-24 @ TAM L, 9-14 3 5 pass Alfred Jackson 5 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
6 1978-10-01 NYG W, 23-20 2 54 pass Wallace Francis 54 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
7 1978-10-01 NYG W, 23-20 3 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
8 1978-10-01 NYG W, 23-20 4 9 rush Haskel Stanback 9 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
9 1978-10-08 @ PIT L, 7-31 4 11 pass Wallace Francis 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
10 1978-10-15 DET W, 14-0 2 24 pass Billy Ryckman 24 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
11 1978-10-15 DET W, 14-0 4 25 rush Bubba Bean 25 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
12 1978-10-22 @ SFO W, 20-17 1 2 blocked punt Rick Byas 2 yard blocked punt return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
13 1978-10-22 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 59 pass Billy Ryckman 59 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
14 1978-11-05 SFO W, 21-10 2 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
15 1978-11-05 SFO W, 21-10 3 37 pass Wallace Francis 37 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
16 1978-11-05 SFO W, 21-10 4 1 rush Bubba Bean 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
17 1978-11-12 @ NOR W, 20-17 4 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
18 1978-11-12 @ NOR W, 20-17 4 57 pass Alfred Jackson 57 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
19 1978-11-19 @ CHI L, 7-13 2 7 pass Jim Mitchell 7 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
20 1978-11-26 NOR W, 20-17 1 3 rush Haskel Stanback 3 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
21 1978-11-26 NOR W, 20-17 4 1 pass Jim Mitchell 1 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
22 1978-12-03 @ CIN L, 7-37 2 1 rush Ricky Patton 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
23 1978-12-10 WAS W, 20-17 1 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
24 1978-12-10 WAS W, 20-17 3 1 rush Bubba Bean 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
25 1978-12-17 @ STL L, 21-42 1 1 rush Ray Strong 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
26 1978-12-17 @ STL L, 21-42 2 100 kickoff Dennis Pearson 100 yard kickoff return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
27 1978-12-17 @ STL L, 21-42 3 8 pass Ricky Patton 8 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 HOU L, 14-20 1 73 rush Earl Campbell 73 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
2 1978-09-03 HOU L, 14-20 3 8 pass Rich Caster 8 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
3 1978-09-10 @ RAM W, 10-0 4 1 rush Cullen Bryant 1 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
4 1978-09-17 CLE W, 24-16 2 2 pass Ozzie Newsome 2 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1978-09-17 CLE W, 24-16 2 27 pass Reggie Rucker 27 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1978-09-17 CLE W, 24-16 4 2 rush Brian Sipe 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1978-09-24 @ TAM W, 14-9 1 79 blocked field goal Mike Washington 79 yard blocked field goal return (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
8 1978-09-24 @ TAM W, 14-9 4 15 pass Jim Obradovich 15 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
9 1978-10-01 NYG L, 20-23 1 6 rush Larry Csonka 6 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1978-10-01 NYG L, 20-23 1 83 blocked field goal George Martin 83 yard blocked field goal return (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ PIT W, 31-7 2 8 rush Rocky Bleier 8 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1978-10-08 @ PIT W, 31-7 2 6 rush Terry Bradshaw 6 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1978-10-08 @ PIT W, 31-7 3 2 rush Rocky Bleier 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1978-10-08 @ PIT W, 31-7 4 11 pass John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1978-10-22 @ SFO L, 17-20 1 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
16 1978-10-22 @ SFO L, 17-20 2 15 rush Scott Bull 15 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
17 1978-10-30 RAM L, 7-15 2 10 pass Ron Jessie 10 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
18 1978-11-05 SFO L, 10-21 4 3 rush Paul Hofer 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1978-11-12 @ NOR L, 17-20 2 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1978-11-12 @ NOR L, 17-20 2 14 pass Henry Childs 14 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1978-11-19 @ CHI W, 13-7 3 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
22 1978-11-26 NOR L, 17-20 1 71 pass Larry Hardy 71 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1978-11-26 NOR L, 17-20 2 28 rush Chuck Muncie 28 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1978-12-03 @ CIN W, 37-7 2 3 rush Pete Johnson 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
25 1978-12-03 @ CIN W, 37-7 3 39 interception Scott Perry 39 yard interception return
26 1978-12-03 @ CIN W, 37-7 3 24 interception Dick Jauron 24 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1978-12-03 @ CIN W, 37-7 4 50 rush Pete Johnson 50 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1978-12-03 @ CIN W, 37-7 4 32 rush Tony Davis 32 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
29 1978-12-10 WAS L, 17-20 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
30 1978-12-10 WAS L, 17-20 4 1 rush Mike Thomas 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
31 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 2 37 pass Dave Stief 37 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
32 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 2 12 pass Al Chandler 12 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 2 26 pass Pat Tilley 26 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
34 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 2 2 rush Jim Hart 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
35 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 3 3 rush Steve Jones 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
36 1978-12-17 @ STL W, 42-21 4 9 rush Jim Hart 9 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)