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1980 Atlanta Falcons

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.8, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 3.4, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 405 points (25.3/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (17.0/g), 5th.
 Differential of 133 points (8.3/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.5-4.5.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (12-4-0)
 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 3-4

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 405 5649 1061 5.3 26 9 25 336 259 467 3244 31 17 6.5 166 559 2405 15 4.3 145
Team Defense 272 5264 1051 5.0 42 16 23 298 333 564 3594 24 26 5.9 175 441 1670 8 3.8 100
Lg Rank Offense 5 3 1 3 3 18 9 1 5 8 8 5 14 4
Lg Rank Defense 5 16 7 11 11 28 25 20 6 13 1 3 1 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 23 24 20 314 156 158 1 28 448 371 77 1
2 Sun September 14 boxscore W 1-1 @ New England Patriots 37 21 22 404 237 167 1 21 260 153 107 3
3 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-2 Miami Dolphins 17 20 18 359 310 49 2 19 246 186 60 1
4 Sun September 28 boxscore W 2-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 17 19 242 83 159 19 401 318 83 2
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 3-2 Detroit Lions 43 28 19 365 174 191 2 17 370 298 72 4
6 Sun October 12 boxscore L 3-3 New York Jets 7 14 18 240 143 97 4 19 279 89 190
7 Sun October 19 boxscore W 4-3 @ New Orleans Saints 41 14 24 355 193 162 17 338 302 36 4
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 5-3 Los Angeles Rams 13 10 15 272 151 121 2 15 317 199 118 2
9 Sun November 2 boxscore W 6-3 @ Buffalo Bills 30 14 19 311 161 150 3 20 364 270 94 5
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W OT 7-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 33 27 34 563 354 209 2 19 415 329 86 5
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 8-3 New Orleans Saints 31 13 22 370 164 206 17 317 235 82 3
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 9-3 Chicago Bears 28 17 18 326 239 87 2 18 283 151 132 2
13 Sun November 30 boxscore W 10-3 Washington Redskins 10 6 18 341 210 131 11 193 108 85 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W 11-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 17 23 375 193 182 3 20 276 190 86 2
15 Sun December 14 boxscore W 12-3 San Francisco 49ers 35 10 26 463 292 171 1 15 310 204 106 3
16 Sun December 21 boxscore L OT 12-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 20 21 349 184 165 3 23 447 191 256 2
Playoffs
Division Sun January 4 boxscore L 12-5 Dallas Cowboys 27 30 18 371 285 86 2 22 422 310 112 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
10 Steve Bartkowski* 28 QB 16 16 12-4-0 257 463 55.5% 3544 31 6.7 16 3.5 81 7.7 7.4 13.8 221.5 88.2 35 324 6.47 6.27 7.0 3 4
15 Mike Moroski 23 3 0 2 3 66.7% 24 0 0.0 0 0.0 18 8.0 8.0 12.0 8.0 91.0 0 0 8.00 8.00 0.0
6 John James 31 P 16 0 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 25.2 16 12-4-0 259 467 55.5% 3568 31 6.6 17 3.6 81 7.6 7.3 13.8 223.0 87.1 35 324 6.46 6.17 7.0 3 4
Opp Total 16 333 564 59.0% 3990 24 4.3 26 4.6 7.1 5.85 12.0 249.4 75.7 46 396 5.9 4.8 7.5

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
31 William Andrews* 25 FB 16 16 265 1308 4 33 4.9 81.8 16.6 51 456 8.9 1 26 3.2 28.5 1764 5 6
21 Lynn Cain 25 RB 16 16 235 914 8 37 3.9 57.1 14.7 24 223 9.3 1 30 1.5 13.9 1137 9 6
10 Steve Bartkowski* 28 QB 16 16 25 35 2 11 1.4 2.2 1.6 35 2 6
39 James Mayberry 23 16 0 18 88 0 24 4.9 5.5 1.1 3 1 0.3 0 6 0.2 0.1 89 0 0
33 Anthony Anderson 24 16 0 6 5 0 8 0.8 0.3 0.4 5 0 0
25 Ray Strong 24 16 0 6 42 1 21 7.0 2.6 0.4 42 1 4
80 Junior Miller* 23 TE 16 14 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 46 584 12.7 9 36 2.9 36.5 582 9 2
89 Wallace Francis 29 WR 16 16 1 2 0 1 2.0 0.1 0.1 54 862 16.0 7 81 3.4 53.9 864 7 0
6 John James 31 P 16 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 0.8 0.1 13 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins* 28 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 58 1035 17.8 6 57 3.6 64.7 1035 6 0
85 Alfred Jackson 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 403 18.3 7 54 1.4 25.2 403 7 0
87 Russ Mikeska 25 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 4 0 0
Team Total 25.2 16 559 2405 15 37 4.3 150.3 34.9 259 3568 13.8 31 81 16.2 223.0 5973 46 32
Opp Total 16 441 1670 8 3.8 104.4 27.6 333 3594 10.8 24 20.8 224.6 5264 32 33

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
16 Reggie Smith 24 KR/PR 8 0 27 262 0 25 9.7 25 512 0 35 20.5 774
37 Kenny Johnson 22 RCB 16 16 23 281 0 56 12.2 281
25 Ray Strong 24 16 0 10 168 0 31 16.8 210
33 Anthony Anderson 24 16 0 7 97 0 23 13.9 102
85 Alfred Jackson 25 16 0 3 70 0 36 23.3 473
22 Rolland Lawrence 29 LCB 16 16 3 -7 0 6 -2.3 -7
27 Tom Pridemore 24 FS 16 16 3 39 0 20 13.0 39
86 Mike Smith 22 5 0 3 58 0 26 19.3 58
55 Tony Daykin 25 16 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
77 Edgar Fields 26 dt 14 1 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
Team Total 25.2 16 53 536 0 56 10.1 53 958 0 36 18.1 7467
Opp Total 16 36 240 0 6.7 73 1579 0 21.6

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 31 P 16 0 79 3087 59 0 39.1
4 Tim Mazzetti 24 K 16 0 2 2 8 8 7 4 8 4 2 1 27 19 70.4%% 49 46 93.9%%
Team Total 25.2 16 2 2 8 8 7 4 8 4 2 1 27 19 70.4%% 49 46 93.9%% 79 3087 59 0 39.1
Opp Total 16 25 16 64.0%% 32 30 93.8%% 85 3510 41.3

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
37 Kenny Johnson 22 RCB 16 16 4 49 0 33 0 0 2 4 7 0
56 Al Richardson 23 LOLB 16 16 7 139 0 52 0 0 0 3 0 1
22 Rolland Lawrence 29 LCB 16 16 3 37 0 37 0 0 2 4 0 0
31 William Andrews* 25 FB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
10 Steve Bartkowski* 28 QB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
21 Lynn Cain 25 RB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
50 Buddy Curry 22 RILB 16 16 3 13 0 9 0 0 1 1 30 1
25 Ray Strong 24 16 0 0 4 1 0 0
58 Joel Williams 24 ROLB 16 16 2 55 0 32 0 0 0 3 42 1 1
27 Tom Pridemore 24 FS 16 16 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
16 Reggie Smith 24 KR/PR 8 0 0 3 1 0 0
36 Bob Glazebrook 24 SS 16 9 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Mike Kenn*+ 24 LT 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
80 Junior Miller* 23 TE 16 14 0 2 0 0 0
68 R.C. Thielemann 25 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
79 Jeff Yeates 29 LDE 16 14 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 4 0
66 Warren Bryant 25 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
55 Tony Daykin 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins* 28 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
20 Earl Jones 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0
51 Jim Laughlin 22 lilb 16 6 1 7 0 7 0
39 James Mayberry 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Mike Zele 24 nt 11 4 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 16 26 313 0 52 0 0 32 37 83 3 1
Opp Total 16 35 33 17 1

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 24 K 16 0 46 19 103
21 Lynn Cain 25 RB 16 16 8 1 9 54
80 Junior Miller* 23 TE 16 14 9 9 54
89 Wallace Francis 29 WR 16 16 7 7 42
85 Alfred Jackson 25 16 0 7 7 42
84 Alfred Jenkins* 28 WR 16 16 6 6 36
31 William Andrews* 25 FB 16 16 4 1 5 30
10 Steve Bartkowski* 28 QB 16 16 2 2 12
58 Joel Williams 24 ROLB 16 16 1 1 1 8
50 Buddy Curry 22 RILB 16 16 1 1 6
28 Frank Reed 26 ss 16 7 1 1 6
56 Al Richardson 23 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
25 Ray Strong 24 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 16 15 31 3 1 50 46 19 1 405
Opp Total 16 8 24 30 16 1 272

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 @ MIN L, 23-24 1 3 rush Lynn Cain 3 yard rush
2 1980-09-07 @ MIN L, 23-24 3 46 pass Alfred Jenkins 46 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
3 1980-09-07 @ MIN L, 23-24 4 19 pass Alfred Jackson 19 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
4 1980-09-14 @ NWE W, 37-21 1 1 rush William Andrews 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
5 1980-09-14 @ NWE W, 37-21 1 28 pass Wallace Francis 28 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
6 1980-09-14 @ NWE W, 37-21 2 12 pass Junior Miller 12 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
7 1980-09-14 @ NWE W, 37-21 2 22 pass Junior Miller 22 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
8 1980-09-21 MIA L, 17-20 2 6 pass Alfred Jackson 6 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
9 1980-09-21 MIA L, 17-20 3 7 pass Junior Miller 7 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
10 1980-09-28 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 10 pass Alfred Jackson 10 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
11 1980-09-28 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 2 rush Lynn Cain 2 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
12 1980-10-05 DET W, 43-28 1 16 blocked punt Frank Reed 16 yard blocked punt return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
13 1980-10-05 DET W, 43-28 1 30 fumble Buddy Curry 30 yard fumble return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
14 1980-10-05 DET W, 43-28 2 43 pass Alfred Jenkins 43 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
15 1980-10-05 DET W, 43-28 2 42 fumble Joel Williams 42 yard fumble return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
16 1980-10-05 DET W, 43-28 4 11 rush William Andrews 11 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
17 1980-10-12 NYJ L, 7-14 4 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
18 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 1 11 pass Junior Miller 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
19 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 2 24 pass Wallace Francis 24 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski
20 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 3 49 pass Alfred Jenkins 49 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
21 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 3 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
22 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 3 4 pass Junior Miller 4 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
23 1980-10-19 @ NOR W, 41-14 4 13 rush William Andrews 13 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
24 1980-10-26 RAM W, 13-10 1 7 pass Alfred Jackson 7 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski
25 1980-10-26 RAM W, 13-10 4 54 pass Alfred Jackson 54 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
26 1980-11-02 @ BUF W, 30-14 2 16 pass Junior Miller 16 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
27 1980-11-02 @ BUF W, 30-14 3 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
28 1980-11-02 @ BUF W, 30-14 4 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
29 1980-11-09 @ STL W, 33-27 3 5 rush Lynn Cain 5 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
30 1980-11-09 @ STL W, 33-27 3 27 pass Wallace Francis 27 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
31 1980-11-09 @ STL W, 33-27 4 10 rush Lynn Cain 10 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
32 1980-11-09 @ STL W, 33-27 5 21 rush Ray Strong 21 yard rush
33 1980-11-16 NOR W, 31-13 2 47 pass Alfred Jackson 47 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
34 1980-11-16 NOR W, 31-13 3 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
35 1980-11-16 NOR W, 31-13 4 5 pass Wallace Francis 5 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
36 1980-11-16 NOR W, 31-13 4 10 pass Junior Miller 10 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
37 1980-11-23 CHI W, 28-17 2 7 pass Alfred Jenkins 7 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
38 1980-11-23 CHI W, 28-17 2 4 rush William Andrews 4 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
39 1980-11-23 CHI W, 28-17 4 42 pass Alfred Jenkins 42 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
40 1980-11-23 CHI W, 28-17 4 9 pass William Andrews 9 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
41 1980-11-30 WAS W, 10-6 3 14 pass Alfred Jenkins 14 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
42 1980-12-07 @ PHI W, 20-17 2 11 pass Wallace Francis 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
43 1980-12-07 @ PHI W, 20-17 3 12 pass Lynn Cain 12 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
44 1980-12-14 SFO W, 35-10 1 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
45 1980-12-14 SFO W, 35-10 3 11 pass Junior Miller 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
46 1980-12-14 SFO W, 35-10 3 81 pass Wallace Francis 81 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
47 1980-12-14 SFO W, 35-10 4 12 pass Wallace Francis 12 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
48 1980-12-14 SFO W, 35-10 4 0 fumble Al Richardson 0 yard fumble return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
49 1980-12-21 @ RAM L, 17-20 1 13 pass Alfred Jackson 13 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
50 1980-12-21 @ RAM L, 17-20 2 9 pass Junior Miller 9 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 @ MIN W, 24-23 1 24 pass Sammy White 24 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1980-09-07 @ MIN W, 24-23 2 4 pass Joe Senser 4 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
3 1980-09-07 @ MIN W, 24-23 3 4 pass Bob Tucker 4 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
4 1980-09-14 @ NWE L, 21-37 1 9 pass Don Hasselbeck 9 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
5 1980-09-14 @ NWE L, 21-37 2 1 rush Don Calhoun 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
6 1980-09-14 @ NWE L, 21-37 2 25 pass Stanley Morgan 25 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
7 1980-09-21 MIA W, 20-17 4 1 pass Bruce Hardy 1 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
8 1980-09-21 MIA W, 20-17 4 4 pass Ronnie Lee 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1980-09-28 @ SFO L, 17-20 4 93 pass Freddie Solomon 93 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
10 1980-09-28 @ SFO L, 17-20 4 27 pass Earl Cooper 27 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
11 1980-10-05 DET L, 28-43 4 43 pass Freddie Scott 43 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1980-10-05 DET L, 28-43 4 79 pass Leonard Thompson 79 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1980-10-05 DET L, 28-43 4 6 pass Freddie Scott 6 yard pass from Gary Danielson
14 1980-10-12 NYJ W, 14-7 1 1 rush Scott Dierking 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
15 1980-10-12 NYJ W, 14-7 4 1 rush Kevin Long 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
16 1980-10-19 @ NOR L, 14-41 1 18 pass Wes Chandler 18 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
17 1980-10-19 @ NOR L, 14-41 2 15 pass Tony Galbreath 15 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1980-10-26 RAM L, 10-13 3 74 pass Drew Hill 74 yard pass from Vince Ferragamo (Frank Corral kick)
19 1980-11-02 @ BUF L, 14-30 1 11 pass Frank Lewis 11 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1980-11-02 @ BUF L, 14-30 2 13 rush Joe Cribbs 13 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1980-11-09 @ STL L, 27-33 1 38 pass Chris Combs 38 yard pass from Jim Hart (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
22 1980-11-09 @ STL L, 27-33 1 50 pass Pat Tilley 50 yard pass from Jim Hart (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
23 1980-11-09 @ STL L, 27-33 2 8 rush Ottis Anderson 8 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
24 1980-11-16 NOR L, 13-31 1 26 pass Wes Chandler 26 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
25 1980-11-16 NOR L, 13-31 4 3 pass Tony Galbreath 3 yard pass from Bobby Scott
26 1980-11-23 CHI L, 17-28 1 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
27 1980-11-23 CHI L, 17-28 3 1 rush Vince Evans 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
28 1980-12-07 @ PHI L, 17-20 2 22 pass Harold Carmichael 22 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
29 1980-12-07 @ PHI L, 17-20 2 15 pass John Spagnola 15 yard pass from Louie Giammona (Tony Franklin kick)
30 1980-12-14 SFO L, 10-35 4 13 pass Dwight Clark 13 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
31 1980-12-21 @ RAM W, 20-17 3 37 rush Jewerl Thomas 37 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
32 1980-12-21 @ RAM W, 20-17 3 17 pass Preston Dennard 17 yard pass from Vince Ferragamo (Frank Corral kick)