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1985 Atlanta Falcons

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.9, Offense: -2.1, Defense: -6.8, SoS: 1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 282 points (17.6/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 452 points (28.2/g), 28th.
 Differential of -170 points (-10.6/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 3.9-12.1.

Coach: Dan Henning (4-12-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: John Marshall

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager Tom Braatz
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
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 282 4960 1091 4.5 30 10 15 296 254 462 2494 13 20 4.7 132 560 2466 14 4.4 149
Team Defense 452 5850 1014 5.8 34 12 36 329 289 535 3798 32 22 6.6 181 437 2052 24 4.7 112
Lg Rank Offense 26 20 3 3 17 23 27 26 8 28 6 3 17 7
Lg Rank Defense 28 25 21 25 20 21 27 27 12 24 6 17 26 26

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 8 boxscore L 0-1 Detroit Lions 27 28 21 300 140 160 1 16 286 156 130 2
2 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 16 35 18 253 130 123 1 23 380 184 196 1
3 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-3 Denver Broncos 28 44 16 341 233 108 2 27 428 280 148 2
4 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 6 17 18 258 154 104 1 14 283 177 106
5 Sun October 6 boxscore L 0-5 San Francisco 49ers 17 38 22 386 271 115 2 30 499 420 79
6 Sun October 13 boxscore L 0-6 @ Seattle Seahawks 26 30 20 350 187 163 1 22 421 358 63 3
7 Sun October 20 boxscore W 1-6 New Orleans Saints 31 24 23 377 248 129 4 18 365 287 78 5
8 Sun October 27 boxscore L 1-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 24 18 253 91 162 4 28 461 352 109 4
9 Sun November 3 boxscore L 1-8 Washington Redskins 10 44 14 298 129 169 1 24 461 154 307
10 Sun November 10 boxscore L OT 1-9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 23 20 310 94 216 2 15 330 235 95 2
11 Sun November 17 boxscore W 2-9 Los Angeles Rams 30 14 22 290 132 158 1 9 177 132 45 5
12 Sun November 24 boxscore L 2-10 @ Chicago Bears 0 36 10 119 -22 141 3 24 379 183 196 1
13 Sun December 1 boxscore L 2-11 Los Angeles Raiders 24 34 16 365 235 130 3 20 388 211 177 1
14 Sun December 8 boxscore L 2-12 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 38 21 354 93 261 3 21 369 205 164 1
15 Sun December 15 boxscore W 3-12 Minnesota Vikings 14 13 15 274 190 84 1 23 377 286 91 5
16 Sun December 22 boxscore W 4-12 @ New Orleans Saints 16 10 22 432 189 243 15 246 178 68 2

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 David Archer 23 QB 16 11 4-7-0 161 312 51.6 1992 7 2.2 17 5.4 62 6.4 4.4 12.4 124.5 56.5 43 312 4.73 2.97 12.1
10 Steve Bartkowski 33 qb 5 5 0-5-0 69 111 62.2 738 5 4.5 1 0.9 62 6.6 7.1 10.7 147.6 92.8 18 158 4.50 4.92 14.0
8 Bob Holly 25 4 0 24 39 61.5 295 1 2.6 2 5.1 44 7.6 5.8 12.3 73.8 72.1 8 61 4.98 3.49 17.0
Team Total 25.6 16 4-12-0 254 462 55.0 3025 13 2.8 20 4.3 62 6.5 5.2 11.9 189.1 66.5 69 531 4.70 3.49 13.0 0 0
Opp Total 16 289 535 54.0 4129 32 6.0 22 4.1 7.7 7.06 14.3 258.1 82.1 42 331 6.6 6.0 7.3

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
42 Gerald Riggs* 25 RB 16 16 397 1719 10 50 4.3 107.4 24.8 33 267 8.1 0 44 2.1 16.7 1986 10 0
16 David Archer 23 QB 16 11 70 347 2 29 5.0 21.7 4.4 347 2 9
24 Joe Washington 32 16 0 52 210 1 14 4.0 13.1 3.3 37 328 8.9 1 34 2.3 20.5 538 2 1
39 Cliff Austin 25 KR 14 0 20 110 0 17 5.5 7.9 1.4 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.1 1.5 131 0 0
81 Billy Johnson 33 wr 16 8 8 -8 0 6 -1.0 -0.5 0.5 62 830 13.4 5 62 3.9 51.9 822 5 4
10 Steve Bartkowski 33 qb 5 5 5 9 0 5 1.8 1.8 1.0 9 0 3
8 Bob Holly 25 4 0 3 36 1 20 12.0 9.0 0.8 36 1 1
3 Rick Donnelly 23 P 11 0 2 -5 0 0 -2.5 -0.5 0.2 -5 0 0
82 Stacey Bailey 25 WR 15 13 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 30 364 12.1 0 31 2.0 24.3 361 0 1
45 Ken Whisenhunt 23 16 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 3 48 16.0 0 29 0.2 3.0 51 0 0
27 Tom Pridemore 29 fs 16 5 1 48 0 48 48.0 3.0 0.1 48 0 0
88 Arthur Cox 24 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 454 13.8 2 62 2.1 28.4 454 2 0
89 Charlie Brown 27 WR 13 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 412 17.2 2 48 1.8 31.7 412 2 0
85 Anthony Allen 26 PR 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 207 14.8 2 37 0.9 12.9 207 2 0
87 Cliff Benson 24 TE 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 37 3.7 0 6 0.6 2.3 37 0 0
49 Allama Matthews 24 te 15 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 57 8.1 1 15 0.5 3.8 57 1 0
Team Total 25.6 16 560 2466 14 50 4.4 154.1 35.0 254 3025 11.9 13 62 15.9 189.1 5491 27 23
Opp Total 16 437 2052 24 4.7 128.3 27.3 289 3798 13.1 32 18.1 237.4 5850 56 18

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
39 Cliff Austin 25 KR 14 0 39 838 1 94 21.5 969
85 Anthony Allen 26 PR 16 2 21 141 0 23 6.7 8 140 0 26 17.5 488
36 Danny Wagoner 26 14 0 13 262 0 34 20.2 262
81 Billy Johnson 33 wr 16 8 10 82 0 18 8.2 904
84 Sylvester Stamps 24 2 0 4 89 0 32 22.3 89
45 Ken Whisenhunt 23 16 0 4 33 0 14 8.3 84
37 Kenny Johnson 27 db 5 3 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
49 Allama Matthews 24 te 15 2 1 11 0 11 11.0 68
32 Tim Tyrrell 24 16 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
92 Ronnie Washington 22 lb 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 31 223 0 23 7.2 72 1406 1 94 19.5 7120
Opp Total 16 52 417 0 8.0 62 1135 0 18.3

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
18 Mick Luckhurst 27 K 16 0 9 7 10 8 11 8 1 1 31 24 77.4% 29 29 100.0% 1 26 26 0 26.0
3 Rick Donnelly 23 P 11 0 59 2574 68 0 43.6
1 Ralph Giacomarro 24 p 5 0 29 1157 52 0 39.9
77 Rick Bryan 23 LDE 16 16 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 25.6 16 9 7 10 8 11 8 1 1 31 24 77.4% 30 30 100.0% 89 3757 68 0 42.2
Opp Total 16 23 17 73.9% 56 55 98.2% 69 2898 42.0

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
74 Mike Pitts 25 LDT 16 16 7.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 6 0 102 0
25 Scott Case 23 SS 14 13 1.0 4 78 0 47 0 0 0 1 13 0 95 0
16 David Archer 23 QB 16 11 0 9 2 0 0
77 Rick Bryan 23 LDE 16 16 7.5
59 John Rade 25 LLB 16 14 5.0 2 42 1 38 0
58 David Frye 24 rlb 14 5 4.0 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 13 0
76 Mike Gann 22 RDE 16 16 4.5 0 0 1 42 1
23 Bobby Butler 26 LCB 16 16 5 -4 0 0 0
20 Wendell Cason 22 RCB 14 14 3 30 0 22 0 0 0 2 2 0
69 Dan Benish 24 RDT 16 16 3.5 0 0 1 0 0
10 Steve Bartkowski 33 qb 5 5 0 3 1 -8 0
81 Billy Johnson 33 wr 16 8 0 4 0 0 0
53 Thomas Benson 24 lb 16 1 1.5 0 0 2 0 0
56 Al Richardson 28 RLB 16 11 3.5
92 Ronnie Washington 22 lb 16 1 0.5 0 1 1 0 0
33 Tiger Greene 23 FS 10 7 2 27 0 27 0
63 Jeff Kiewel 25 LG 16 9 0 0 2 0 0
65 Lawrence Pillers 33 9 0 2.0
27 Tom Pridemore 29 fs 16 5 2 45 0 36 0
96 Johnny Taylor 24 llb 15 5 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Joe Washington 32 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
85 Anthony Allen 26 PR 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
82 Stacey Bailey 25 WR 15 13 0 1 0 0 0
26 James Britt 25 db 2 2 1 8 0 8 0
30 David Croudip 27 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Buddy Curry 27 MLB 16 14 1 0 0 0 0
3 Rick Donnelly 23 P 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 Bob Holly 25 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Andrew Provence 24 16 0 1.0
67 Eric Sanders 27 lt 16 7 0 1 0 -23 0
32 Tim Tyrrell 24 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
36 Danny Wagoner 26 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Ken Whisenhunt 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 42.0 22 247 1 47 0 0 23 22 49 1 197 0
Opp Total 16 69 18 6 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
18 Mick Luckhurst 27 K 16 0 29 24 101
42 Gerald Riggs* 25 RB 16 16 10 10 60
81 Billy Johnson 33 wr 16 8 5 5 30
85 Anthony Allen 26 PR 16 2 2 2 12
16 David Archer 23 QB 16 11 2 2 12
89 Charlie Brown 27 WR 13 9 2 2 12
88 Arthur Cox 24 TE 16 16 2 2 12
24 Joe Washington 32 16 0 1 1 2 12
39 Cliff Austin 25 KR 14 0 1 1 6
76 Mike Gann 22 RDE 16 16 1 1 6
8 Bob Holly 25 4 0 1 1 6
49 Allama Matthews 24 te 15 2 1 1 6
59 John Rade 25 LLB 16 14 1 1 6
77 Rick Bryan 23 LDE 16 16 1 1
Team Total 25.6 16 14 13 1 1 1 30 30 24 282
Opp Total 16 24 32 1 55 17 2 452