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1988 Atlanta Falcons

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5-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.5, Offense: -5.0, Defense: 0.5, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 244 points (15.2/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 315 points (19.7/g), 11th.
 Differential of -71 points (-4.4/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 5.7-10.3.

Coach: Marion Campbell (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Rod Dowhower

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
VP of Player Personnel Ken Herock
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
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 244 4582 1002 4.6 37 18 15 257 250 481 2566 13 19 4.9 136 478 2016 11 4.2 106
Team Defense 315 5692 1052 5.4 38 14 20 312 281 504 3373 17 24 6.3 168 518 2319 14 4.5 124
Lg Rank Offense 25 25 22 24 26 19 25 23 14 26 17 14 19 7
Lg Rank Defense 11 25 7 16 19 13 21 7 4 21 23 25 10 25

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 17 31 26 359 187 172 4 19 230 88 142 1
2 Sun September 11 boxscore L 0-2 New Orleans Saints 21 29 19 307 146 161 4 25 434 222 212 4
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 34 17 19 367 171 196 2 22 426 322 104 4
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 20 26 15 314 207 107 2 17 323 210 113 1
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-4 Seattle Seahawks 20 31 18 385 245 140 4 22 317 149 168 1
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L 1-5 Los Angeles Rams 0 33 12 150 77 73 2 27 501 249 252 1
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 1-6 @ Denver Broncos 14 30 20 311 137 174 3 21 406 302 104 1
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 1-7 New York Giants 16 23 23 368 216 152 2 22 346 225 121 3
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 2-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27 24 11 294 202 92 1 25 424 269 155 3
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 3-7 Green Bay Packers 20 0 18 341 177 164 3 13 284 183 101 7
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 3-8 San Diego Chargers 7 10 13 245 188 57 2 15 355 170 185 2
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 4-8 @ Los Angeles Raiders 12 6 17 280 150 130 2 9 212 147 65 2
13 Sun November 27 boxscore W 5-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 10 16 289 108 181 2 16 313 186 127 4
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 5-9 San Francisco 49ers 3 13 8 177 134 43 1 20 378 238 140
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 5-10 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 22 9 193 128 65 2 21 418 291 127 2
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 5-11 @ New Orleans Saints 9 10 13 202 93 109 1 18 325 122 203 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
12 Chris Miller 23 QB 13 13 5-8-0 184 351 52.4% 2133 11 3.1 12 3.4 68 6.1 5.2 11.6 164.1 67.3 24 207 5.14 4.28 6.4 1 3
8 Steve Dils 33 qb 7 3 0-3-0 49 99 49.5% 566 2 2.0 5 5.1 50 5.7 3.8 11.6 80.9 52.8 15 112 3.98 2.36 13.2
7 Hugh Millen 25 3 0 17 31 54.8% 215 0 0.0 2 6.5 38 6.9 4.0 12.6 71.7 49.8 4 29 5.31 2.74 11.4
Team Total 25.8 16 5-11-0 250 481 52.0% 2914 13 2.7 19 4.0 68 6.1 4.8 11.7 182.1 63.2 43 348 4.90 3.76 8.2 1 3
Opp Total 16 281 504 55.8% 3584 17 3.4 24 4.8 7.1 5.64 12.8 224.0 69.6 30 211 6.3 4.9 5.6

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 John Settle* 23 FB 16 13 232 1024 7 62 4.4 64.0 14.5 68 570 8.4 1 27 4.3 35.6 1594 8 3
42 Gerald Riggs 28 RB 9 9 113 488 1 34 4.3 54.2 12.6 22 171 7.8 0 30 2.4 19.0 659 1 3
33 Gene Lang 26 rb 16 3 53 191 0 19 3.6 11.9 3.3 37 398 10.8 1 50 2.3 24.9 589 1 3
49 James Primus 24 rb 16 6 35 95 1 29 2.7 5.9 2.2 8 42 5.3 0 8 0.5 2.6 137 1 0
12 Chris Miller 23 QB 13 13 31 138 1 29 4.5 10.6 2.4 138 1 2
86 Floyd Dixon 24 WR 14 14 7 69 0 24 9.9 4.9 0.5 28 368 13.1 2 36 2.0 26.3 437 2 1
29 Sylvester Stamps 27 rb 4 1 3 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 0.8 5 22 4.4 0 7 1.3 5.5 22 0 1
8 Steve Dils 33 qb 7 3 2 1 1 1 0.5 0.1 0.3 1 1 3
89 Jessie Hester 25 wr 16 3 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 12 176 14.7 0 41 0.8 11.0 179 0 1
7 Hugh Millen 25 3 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 2.3 0.3 7 0 1
82 Stacey Bailey 28 WR 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 437 25.7 2 68 1.7 43.7 437 2 0
45 Ken Whisenhunt 26 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 174 10.9 1 25 1.0 10.9 174 1 1
81 Michael Haynes 23 wr 15 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 232 17.8 4 49 0.9 15.5 232 4 0
80 Gary Wilkins 25 te 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 134 12.2 0 33 0.8 9.6 134 0 0
83 Aubrey Matthews 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 64 12.8 0 21 1.3 16.0 64 0 2
84 James Milling 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 66 13.2 0 34 0.8 11.0 66 0 0
88 Alex Higdon 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 60 20.0 2 34 1.0 20.0 60 2 0
Team Total 25.8 16 478 2016 11 62 4.2 126.0 29.9 250 2914 11.7 13 68 15.6 182.1 4930 24 29
Opp Total 16 518 2319 14 4.5 144.9 32.4 281 3373 12.0 17 17.6 210.8 5692 31 29

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
85 Lew Barnes 26 PR 13 0 34 307 0 68 9.0 6 142 0 36 23.7 449
20 Evan Cooper 26 KR 9 0 2 10 0 10 5.0 16 331 0 28 20.7 341
41 Tim Gordon 23 fs 16 5 14 209 0 32 14.9 209
29 Sylvester Stamps 27 rb 4 1 12 219 0 27 18.3 241
81 Michael Haynes 23 wr 15 5 6 113 0 25 18.8 345
83 Aubrey Matthews 26 4 0 6 26 0 10 4.3 90
37 Elbert Shelley 24 12 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 5
64 Jamie Dukes 24 lg 12 5 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
33 Gene Lang 26 rb 16 3 1 12 0 12 12.0 601
49 James Primus 24 rb 16 6 1 13 0 13 13.0 150
Team Total 25.8 16 42 343 0 68 8.2 59 1057 0 36 17.9 6330
Opp Total 16 51 297 0 5.8 48 982 0 20.5

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
3 Rick Donnelly 26 P 16 0 98 3920 61 0 40.0
5 Greg Davis 23 K 16 0 1 1 4 3 9 6 12 8 4 1 30 19 63.3%% 27 25 92.6%%
Team Total 25.8 16 1 1 4 3 9 6 12 8 4 1 30 19 63.3%% 27 25 92.6%% 98 3920 61 0 40.0
Opp Total 16 36 26 72.2%% 34 31 91.2%% 73 2891 39.6

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
75 Tony Casillas 25 NT 16 16 2.0 3 0 1 0 0 111 0
58 Jessie Tuggle 23 RILB 16 8 1 0 1 2 1 103 0
93 Aundray Bruce 22 LOLB 16 16 6.0 2 10 0 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 70 0
25 Scott Case* 26 RCB 16 15 1.0 10 47 0 12 0 65 0
22 Charles Dimry 22 db 16 1 20 0
37 Elbert Shelley 24 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
77 Rick Bryan 26 RDE 16 15 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Bret Clark 27 FS 12 11 4 40 0 21 0 0 1 1 12 0
76 Mike Gann 25 LDE 16 16 4.0 0 0 2 36 1
51 Marcus Cotton 22 rolb 11 5 5.0
41 Tim Gordon 23 fs 16 5 1.0 2 10 0 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
34 Robert Moore 24 SS 16 16 5 56 1 47 0
85 Lew Barnes 26 PR 13 0 0 4 0 0 0
23 Bobby Butler 29 LCB 16 16 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 3 29 0
99 Tim Green 25 rolb 10 5 4.0
44 John Settle* 23 FB 16 13 0 3 1 0 0
8 Steve Dils 33 qb 7 3 0 3 0 0 0
33 Gene Lang 26 rb 16 3 0 3 0 0 0
12 Chris Miller 23 QB 13 13 0 2 1 0 0
42 Gerald Riggs 28 RB 9 9 0 3 0 0 0
54 Joel Williams 32 lilb/ROLB 14 12 0 0 3 12 0
69 Houston Hoover 23 RT 15 12 0 0 2 0 0
83 Aubrey Matthews 26 4 0 0 2 0 0 0
59 John Rade 28 LILB 15 15 2.0
45 Ken Whisenhunt 26 TE 16 15 0 1 1 0 0
20 Evan Cooper 26 KR 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Floyd Dixon 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
89 Jessie Hester 25 wr 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
27 Calvin Loveall 26 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 Hugh Millen 25 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
49 James Primus 24 rb 16 6 0 0 1 0 0
55 Wayne Radloff 27 C 10 10 0 0 1 0 0
29 Sylvester Stamps 27 rb 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 16 30.0 24 185 1 47 0 6 29 22 91 2 381 0
Opp Total 16 43 29 15 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
5 Greg Davis 23 K 16 0 25 19 82
44 John Settle* 23 FB 16 13 7 1 8 48
81 Michael Haynes 23 wr 15 5 4 4 24
82 Stacey Bailey 28 WR 10 10 2 2 12
86 Floyd Dixon 24 WR 14 14 2 2 12
88 Alex Higdon 22 3 0 2 2 12
8 Steve Dils 33 qb 7 3 1 1 6
76 Mike Gann 25 LDE 16 16 1 1 6
33 Gene Lang 26 rb 16 3 1 1 6
12 Chris Miller 23 QB 13 13 1 1 6
34 Robert Moore 24 SS 16 16 1 1 6
49 James Primus 24 rb 16 6 1 1 6
42 Gerald Riggs 28 RB 9 9 1 1 6
58 Jessie Tuggle 23 RILB 16 8 1 1 6
45 Ken Whisenhunt 26 TE 16 15 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 16 11 13 2 1 27 25 19 244
Opp Total 16 14 17 1 2 31 26 1 315

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ DET L, 17-31 4 9 pass Alex Higdon 9 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
2 1988-09-04 @ DET L, 17-31 4 2 rush John Settle 2 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
3 1988-09-11 NOR L, 21-29 1 12 pass Ken Whisenhunt 12 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
4 1988-09-11 NOR L, 21-29 2 34 pass Alex Higdon 34 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
5 1988-09-11 NOR L, 21-29 3 1 rush John Settle 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
6 1988-09-18 @ SFO W, 34-17 2 3 rush Gerald Riggs 3 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
7 1988-09-18 @ SFO W, 34-17 2 29 rush James Primus 29 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
8 1988-09-18 @ SFO W, 34-17 2 1 rush Chris Miller 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
9 1988-09-18 @ SFO W, 34-17 4 47 interception Robert Moore 47 yard interception return (Greg Davis kick)
10 1988-09-25 @ DAL L, 20-26 1 68 pass Stacey Bailey 68 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
11 1988-09-25 @ DAL L, 20-26 2 12 pass Floyd Dixon 12 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
12 1988-10-02 SEA L, 20-31 3 45 pass Stacey Bailey 45 yard pass from Steve Dils (Greg Davis kick)
13 1988-10-02 SEA L, 20-31 4 1 rush Steve Dils 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
14 1988-10-16 @ DEN L, 14-30 2 1 rush John Settle 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
15 1988-10-16 @ DEN L, 14-30 4 1 pass John Settle 1 yard pass from Steve Dils (Greg Davis kick)
16 1988-10-23 NYG L, 16-23 2 1 rush John Settle 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
17 1988-10-30 @ PHI W, 27-24 2 19 pass Michael Haynes 19 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
18 1988-10-30 @ PHI W, 27-24 3 17 pass Floyd Dixon 17 yard pass from Chris Miller
19 1988-10-30 @ PHI W, 27-24 3 36 fumble Mike Gann 36 yard fumble return (Greg Davis kick)
20 1988-10-30 @ PHI W, 27-24 4 49 pass Michael Haynes 49 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
21 1988-11-06 GNB W, 20-0 1 45 pass Gene Lang 45 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
22 1988-11-06 GNB W, 20-0 2 1 rush John Settle 1 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
23 1988-11-13 SDG L, 7-10 4 22 pass Michael Haynes 22 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
24 1988-11-20 @ RAI W, 12-6 4 1 rush John Settle 1 yard rush
25 1988-11-27 TAM W, 17-10 2 8 rush John Settle 8 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
26 1988-11-27 TAM W, 17-10 4 37 pass Michael Haynes 37 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
27 1988-12-11 @ RAM L, 7-22 4 2 fumble Jessie Tuggle 2 yard fumble return (Greg Davis kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ DET W, 31-17 2 7 pass Pete Mandley 7 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1988-09-04 @ DET W, 31-17 3 1 rush Garry James 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1988-09-04 @ DET W, 31-17 3 4 fumble George Jamison 4 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1988-09-04 @ DET W, 31-17 4 1 pass Mark Lewis 1 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1988-09-11 NOR W, 29-21 2 14 pass Eric Martin 14 yard pass from Bobby Hebert
6 1988-09-11 NOR W, 29-21 3 17 rush Rueben Mayes 17 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
7 1988-09-11 NOR W, 29-21 4 4 rush Dalton Hilliard 4 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
8 1988-09-18 @ SFO L, 17-34 3 17 pass Guy McIntyre 17 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)
9 1988-09-18 @ SFO L, 17-34 4 13 pass Mike Wilson 13 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)
10 1988-09-25 @ DAL W, 26-20 1 17 interception Danny Noonan 17 yard interception return (Roger Ruzek kick)
11 1988-09-25 @ DAL W, 26-20 1 2 pass Herschel Walker 2 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
12 1988-09-25 @ DAL W, 26-20 4 29 pass Ray Alexander 29 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Roger Ruzek kick)
13 1988-10-02 SEA W, 31-20 1 12 rush Curt Warner 12 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
14 1988-10-02 SEA W, 31-20 2 1 rush John Williams 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
15 1988-10-02 SEA W, 31-20 3 1 rush John Williams 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
16 1988-10-02 SEA W, 31-20 4 1 rush John Williams 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
17 1988-10-09 RAM W, 33-0 1 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
18 1988-10-09 RAM W, 33-0 2 54 pass Henry Ellard 54 yard pass from Jim Everett (Mike Lansford kick)
19 1988-10-09 RAM W, 33-0 2 4 pass Buford McGee 4 yard pass from Jim Everett (Mike Lansford kick)
20 1988-10-09 RAM W, 33-0 3 21 pass Pete Holohan 21 yard pass from Jim Everett
21 1988-10-16 @ DEN W, 30-14 2 14 pass Mark Jackson 14 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
22 1988-10-16 @ DEN W, 30-14 3 1 rush Sammy Winder 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
23 1988-10-16 @ DEN W, 30-14 4 68 pass Steve Sewell 68 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (Rich Karlis kick)
24 1988-10-23 NYG W, 23-16 4 1 rush Ottis Anderson 1 yard rush (Paul McFadden kick)
25 1988-10-23 NYG W, 23-16 4 15 interception Carl Banks 15 yard interception return (Paul McFadden kick)
26 1988-10-30 @ PHI L, 24-27 2 1 rush Keith Byars 1 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
27 1988-10-30 @ PHI L, 24-27 4 4 pass Cris Carter 4 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
28 1988-10-30 @ PHI L, 24-27 4 50 pass Cris Carter 50 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
29 1988-11-13 SDG W, 10-7 4 5 rush Barry Redden 5 yard rush (Vince Abbott kick)
30 1988-11-27 TAM L, 10-17 3 2 rush Lars Tate 2 yard rush (John Carney kick)
31 1988-12-04 SFO W, 13-3 2 20 pass Jerry Rice 20 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)
32 1988-12-11 @ RAM W, 22-7 2 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
33 1988-12-11 @ RAM W, 22-7 2 28 pass Henry Ellard 28 yard pass from Jim Everett
34 1988-12-18 @ NOR W, 10-9 1 13 pass Dalton Hilliard 13 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)