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1979 Atlanta Falcons

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6-10-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.6, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -4.7, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 300 points (18.8/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 388 points (24.2/g), 26th.
 Differential of -88 points (-5.5/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (6-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

Stadium: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
 Training Camp: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility (Suwanee, Georgia)

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 300 4929 1033 4.8 43 20 27 303 251 479 2729 19 23 5.1 150 500 2200 15 4.4 126
Team Defense 388 5759 1071 5.4 36 21 25 311 268 487 3596 17 15 7.0 177 555 2163 27 3.9 109
Lg Rank Offense 19 17 22 22 13 11 15 12 16 23 19 16 18 5
Lg Rank Defense 26 25 20 5 18 22 26 9 24 27 20 13 28 11

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W OT 1-0 @ New Orleans Saints 40 34 35 552 295 257 2 23 512 324 188 2
2 Mon September 10 boxscore W 2-0 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 10 14 247 102 145 2 16 241 184 57 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L OT 2-1 Denver Broncos 17 20 19 382 326 56 18 369 201 168 2
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 2-2 @ Detroit Lions 23 24 11 270 126 144 1 22 400 249 151 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 2-3 Washington Redskins 7 16 14 156 86 70 3 20 359 228 131 1
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 3-3 Green Bay Packers 25 7 19 286 134 152 1 17 275 158 117 3
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 3-4 @ Oakland Raiders 19 50 27 434 313 121 6 25 347 191 156
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 3-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 15 20 13 214 119 95 2 22 397 237 160 2
9 Mon October 29 boxscore L 3-6 Seattle Seahawks 28 31 19 315 162 153 2 19 411 206 205 4
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 4-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 14 18 266 54 212 1 13 268 194 74 3
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 4-7 @ New York Giants 3 24 16 249 129 120 4 15 219 144 75 4
12 Mon November 19 boxscore L 4-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 20 19 336 135 201 4 18 339 160 179 3
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 4-9 New Orleans Saints 6 37 13 237 135 102 6 18 415 276 139 2
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 5-9 @ San Diego Chargers 28 26 22 375 222 153 2 22 410 324 86 2
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 5-10 Los Angeles Rams 13 34 24 347 239 108 5 15 348 177 171 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 6-10 San Francisco 49ers 31 21 20 263 152 111 2 28 449 343 106 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
10 Steve Bartkowski 27 QB 14 14 6-8-0 204 380 53.7 2505 17 4.5 20 5.3 57 6.6 5.1 12.3 178.9 67.3 39 286 5.30 3.96 9.3 5 4
14 June Jones 26 qb 5 2 0-2-0 38 83 45.8 505 2 2.4 3 3.6 49 6.1 4.9 13.3 101.0 58.6 13 100 4.22 3.23 13.5
15 Mike Moroski 22 2 0 8 15 53.3 97 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 6.5 6.5 12.1 48.5 73.5 2 12 5.00 5.00 11.8
6 John James 30 P 16 0 1 1 100.0 20 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 20.0 20.0 20.0 1.3 118.7 0 0 20.00 20.00 0.0
Team Total 25.5 16 6-10-0 251 479 52.4 3127 19 4.0 23 4.8 57 6.5 5.2 12.5 195.4 66.2 54 398 5.12 3.89 10.1 5 4
Opp Total 16 268 487 55.0 3799 17 3.5 15 3.1 7.8 7.11 14.2 237.4 79.2 29 203 7.0 6.3 5.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
31 William Andrews 24 FB 15 15 239 1023 3 23 4.3 68.2 15.9 39 309 7.9 2 34 2.6 20.6 1332 5 5
44 Bubba Bean 25 RB 11 11 88 393 1 60 4.5 35.7 8.0 12 137 11.4 0 49 1.1 12.5 530 1 0
21 Lynn Cain 24 rb 10 2 63 295 2 35 4.7 29.5 6.3 15 181 12.1 2 28 1.5 18.1 476 4 2
39 James Mayberry 22 rb 16 1 45 193 1 21 4.3 12.1 2.8 7 48 6.9 0 19 0.4 3.0 241 1 1
24 Haskel Stanback 27 13 3 36 202 5 55 5.6 15.5 2.8 13 89 6.8 0 22 1.0 6.8 291 5 2
10 Steve Bartkowski 27 QB 14 14 14 36 2 18 2.6 2.6 1.0 36 2 4
14 June Jones 26 qb 5 2 6 19 0 9 3.2 3.8 1.2 19 0 4
15 Mike Moroski 22 2 0 3 31 1 19 10.3 15.5 1.5 31 1 1
33 Ricky Patton 25 4 0 3 1 0 1 0.3 0.3 0.8 1 0 0
25 Ray Strong 23 6 0 2 7 0 4 3.5 1.2 0.3 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.2 1.0 13 0 2
6 John James 30 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
89 Wallace Francis 28 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 74 1013 13.7 8 42 4.6 63.3 1013 8 3
84 Alfred Jenkins 27 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 50 858 17.2 3 57 3.1 53.6 858 3 1
86 Jim Mitchell 32 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 118 7.4 2 14 1.0 7.4 118 2 0
85 Alfred Jackson 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 156 14.2 0 23 0.9 13.0 156 0 0
81 Dennis Pearson 24 KR/PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 119 17.0 0 40 0.4 7.4 119 0 4
82 Billy Ryckman 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 59 14.8 2 20 0.3 4.2 59 2 0
36 Bob Glazebrook 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 1.5 20 0 0
87 Russ Mikeska 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 0.9 14 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 500 2200 15 60 4.4 137.5 31.3 251 3127 12.5 19 57 15.7 195.4 5327 34 31
Opp Total 16 555 2163 27 3.9 135.2 34.7 268 3596 13.4 17 16.8 224.8 5759 44 35

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
81 Dennis Pearson 24 KR/PR 16 0 12 115 0 60 9.6 30 570 0 29 19.0 804
25 Ray Strong 23 6 0 15 343 0 33 22.9 356
82 Billy Ryckman 24 14 0 12 72 0 15 6.0 131
27 Tom Pridemore 23 fs 16 5 9 111 0 21 12.3 111
21 Lynn Cain 24 rb 10 2 7 149 0 32 21.3 625
24 Haskel Stanback 27 13 3 6 109 0 24 18.2 400
39 James Mayberry 22 rb 16 1 4 49 0 16 12.3 290
38 Rick Byas 29 RCB 16 16 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
36 Bob Glazebrook 23 13 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 19
85 Alfred Jackson 24 12 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 176
52 Dewey McClain 25 15 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
Team Total 25.5 16 26 188 0 60 7.2 73 1370 0 33 18.8 6885
Opp Total 16 41 259 0 6.3 61 1312 0 21.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 30 P 16 0 83 3296 62 1 39.7
4 Tim Mazzetti 23 K 16 0 11 9 6 1 7 3 1 25 13 52.0% 37 31 83.8%
Team Total 25.5 16 11 9 6 1 7 3 1 25 13 52.0% 37 31 83.8% 83 3296 62 1 39.7
Opp Total 16 29 20 69.0% 47 44 93.6% 73 2723 37.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
31 William Andrews 24 FB 15 15 0 5 1 0 0
22 Rolland Lawrence 28 LCB 16 16 6 120 0 38 0
79 Jeff Yeates 28 LDE 16 16 0 0 5 0 0
10 Steve Bartkowski 27 QB 14 14 0 4 0 -1 0
89 Wallace Francis 28 WR 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
14 June Jones 26 qb 5 2 0 4 0 -1 0
39 James Mayberry 22 rb 16 1 1 6 1 6 0 0 1 2 0 0
81 Dennis Pearson 24 KR/PR 16 0 0 4 0 0 0
59 Robert Pennywell 25 MLB 16 16 1 39 1 39 0 0 0 3 0 0
38 Rick Byas 29 RCB 16 16 1 34 0 34 0 0 0 2 30 1
27 Tom Pridemore 23 fs 16 5 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 33 0
53 Paul Ryczek 27 16 0 0 2 1 -21 0
21 Lynn Cain 24 rb 10 2 0 2 0 0 0
32 Ray Easterling 30 FS 16 0 2 5 0 5 0
78 Mike Kenn 23 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
28 Frank Reed 25 SS 11 11 2 0 0 0 0
24 Haskel Stanback 27 13 3 0 2 0 0 0
25 Ray Strong 23 6 0 0 2 0 0 0
68 R.C. Thielemann 24 RG 11 11 0 0 2 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 33 RLB 16 16 0 0 1 4 0
74 Wilson Faumuina 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
77 Edgar Fields 25 RDT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
6 John James 30 P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins 27 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
54 Fulton Kuykendall 26 LLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
69 Mike Lewis 30 13 2 0 0 1 0 0 1
52 Dewey McClain 25 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Mike Moroski 22 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
65 Don Smith 22 RDE 16 15 0 0 1 5 0
57 Jeff Van Note 33 C 16 16 0 0 1 16 0
63 Mike Zele 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 15 224 2 39 0 0 31 30 65 1 1
Opp Total 16 54 35 14 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
4 Tim Mazzetti 23 K 16 0 31 13 70
89 Wallace Francis 28 WR 16 16 8 8 48
31 William Andrews 24 FB 15 15 3 2 5 30
24 Haskel Stanback 27 13 3 5 5 30
21 Lynn Cain 24 rb 10 2 2 2 4 24
84 Alfred Jenkins 27 WR 16 16 3 3 18
10 Steve Bartkowski 27 QB 14 14 2 2 12
39 James Mayberry 22 rb 16 1 1 1 2 12
86 Jim Mitchell 32 TE 16 16 2 2 12
82 Billy Ryckman 24 14 0 2 2 12
44 Bubba Bean 25 RB 11 11 1 1 6
38 Rick Byas 29 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
15 Mike Moroski 22 2 0 1 1 6
59 Robert Pennywell 25 MLB 16 16 1 1 6
69 Mike Lewis 30 13 2 1 2
Team Total 25.5 16 15 19 1 2 1 38 31 13 1 294
Opp Total 16 27 17 2 44 20 1 388