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1997 Atlanta Falcons

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.2, Offense: -1.2, Defense: -2.9, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 320 points (20.0/g), 18th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 361 points (22.6/g), 21st.
 Differential of -41 points (-2.6/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.9-9.1.

Coach: Dan Reeves (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: George Sefcik
 Defensive Coordinator: Rich Brooks

Stadium: Georgia Dome
 Training Camp: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility (Suwanee, Georgia)

Team Info

Principal Owner Taylor Smith
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Dan Reeves
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
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 320 4716 980 4.8 24 13 25 281 273 484 3073 26 11 5.7 168 442 1643 8 3.7 88
Team Defense 361 5106 960 5.3 28 10 18 274 275 496 3440 24 18 6.2 180 409 1666 18 4.1 76
Lg Rank Offense 18 23 13 16 21 24 22 5 6 15 18 19 26 21
Lg Rank Defense 21 20 15 25 6 8 20 22 8 26 4 8 27 19

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 August 31 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 17 28 13 323 268 55 4 10 221 175 46 3
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-2 Carolina Panthers 6 9 8 210 162 48 2 21 321 228 93 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 0-3 Oakland Raiders 31 36 24 366 250 116 2 11 414 265 149 1
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 0-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 34 15 211 154 57 1 18 424 353 71
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-5 Denver Broncos 21 29 17 308 196 112 1 16 329 228 101 1
6 Bye Week
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 1-5 @ New Orleans Saints 23 17 14 166 77 89 2 13 179 99 80 4
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 1-6 San Francisco 49ers 28 35 19 292 253 39 24 438 241 197 1
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 1-7 @ Carolina Panthers 12 21 17 301 233 68 3 14 228 91 137 3
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 2-7 St. Louis Rams 34 31 28 462 265 197 1 24 507 399 108 1
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 31 18 275 173 102 2 20 349 150 199
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W 3-8 @ St. Louis Rams 27 21 22 314 214 100 2 22 330 242 88
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 4-8 New Orleans Saints 20 3 16 269 177 92 1 11 173 118 55 5
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 5-8 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 17 14 273 201 72 19 351 228 123 1
15 Sun December 7 boxscore W 6-8 @ San Diego Chargers 14 3 13 204 108 96 1 16 268 221 47 3
16 Sun December 14 boxscore W 7-8 Philadelphia Eagles 20 17 21 386 175 211 1 15 277 171 106 1
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 7-9 @ Arizona Cardinals 26 29 22 356 167 189 1 20 297 231 66 2

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
12 Chris Chandler* 32 QB 14 14 7-7-0 202 342 59.1 2692 20 5.8 7 2.0 56 7.9 8.1 13.3 192.3 95.1 39 261 6.38 6.60 10.2 1 3
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 31 qb 6 1 0-1-0 63 115 54.8 685 5 4.3 1 0.9 47 6.0 6.4 10.9 114.2 83.4 14 104 4.50 4.93 10.9
13 Tony Graziani 24 qb 3 1 0-1-0 7 23 30.4 41 0 0.0 2 8.7 13 1.8 -2.1 5.9 13.7 3.7 1 7 1.42 -2.33 4.2
32 Jamal Anderson 25 RB 16 15 1 4 25.0 27 1 25.0 1 25.0 27 6.8 0.5 27.0 1.7 55.2 0 0 6.75 0.50 0.0
Team Total 27.2 16 7-9-0 273 484 56.4 3445 26 5.4 11 2.3 56 7.1 7.2 12.6 215.3 87.2 54 372 5.71 5.76 10.0 1 3
Opp Total 16 275 496 55.4 3794 24 4.8 18 3.6 7.6 6.98 13.8 237.1 81.2 55 354 6.2 5.6 10.0

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
32 Jamal Anderson 25 RB 16 15 290 1002 7 39 3.5 62.6 18.1 29 284 9.8 3 47 1.8 17.8 1286 10 4
24 Byron Hanspard 21 KR 16 0 53 335 0 77 6.3 20.9 3.3 6 53 8.8 1 21 0.4 3.3 388 1 3
12 Chris Chandler* 32 QB 14 14 43 158 0 19 3.7 11.3 3.1 158 0 9
28 Harold Green 29 rb 16 1 36 78 1 22 2.2 4.9 2.3 29 360 12.4 0 47 1.8 22.5 438 1 0
44 Bob Christian 29 FB 16 12 7 8 0 3 1.1 0.5 0.4 22 154 7.0 1 19 1.4 9.6 162 1 3
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 31 qb 6 1 7 8 0 12 1.1 1.3 1.2 8 0 6
81 Terance Mathis 30 WR 16 16 3 35 0 16 11.7 2.2 0.2 62 802 12.9 6 49 3.9 50.1 837 6 0
13 Tony Graziani 24 qb 3 1 3 19 0 10 6.3 6.3 1.0 19 0 0
87 Bert Emanuel 27 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 65 991 15.2 9 56 4.1 61.9 991 9 2
88 O.J. Santiago 23 TE 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 217 12.8 2 30 1.5 19.7 217 2 1
89 Todd Kinchen 28 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 266 16.6 1 53 1.0 16.6 266 1 5
82 Michael Haynes 32 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 154 12.8 1 24 1.0 12.8 154 1 0
85 Brian Kozlowski 27 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 99 14.1 1 29 0.4 6.2 99 1 0
83 Ed West 36 te 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 63 9.0 1 23 0.6 5.3 63 1 0
86 Ed Smith 28 te 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2 0.4 2 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 442 1643 8 77 3.7 102.7 27.6 273 3445 12.6 26 56 17.1 215.3 5088 34 34
Opp Total 16 409 1666 18 4.1 104.1 25.6 275 3440 12.5 24 17.2 215.0 5106 42 27

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
89 Todd Kinchen 28 PR 16 0 52 446 0 38 8.6 1 18 0 18 18.0 730
24 Byron Hanspard 21 KR 16 0 40 987 2 99 24.7 1375
43 Juran Bolden 23 db 14 1 5 106 0 34 21.2 106
85 Brian Kozlowski 27 te 16 5 2 49 0 26 24.5 148
91 John Burrough 25 de 16 1 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
28 Harold Green 29 rb 16 1 1 23 0 23 23.0 461
93 Dan Owens 30 RDT 15 15 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
Team Total 27.2 16 52 483 0 38 9.3 51 1198 2 99 23.5 6769
Opp Total 16 21 55 0 2.6 52 1167 0 22.4

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
4 Dan Stryzinski 32 P 16 0 89 3498 57 0 39.3
5 Morten Andersen 37 K 16 0 1 1 10 10 7 7 6 3 3 2 27 23 85.2% 35 35 100.0%
Team Total 27.2 16 1 1 10 10 7 7 6 3 3 2 27 23 85.2% 35 35 100.0% 89 3498 57 0 39.3
Opp Total 16 20 14 70.0% 39 39 100.0% 90 3834 42.6

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
97 Cornelius Bennett 32 LLB 16 16 7.0 2 0 1 0 0 68 22
58 Jessie Tuggle* 32 MLB 16 15 1.5 69 23
25 Devin Bush 24 FS 16 16 1 4 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 70 15
98 Travis Hall 25 LDT 16 16 10.5 0 0 1 0 0 61 17
35 William White 31 SS 16 16 1 11 0 11 0 63 16
90 Chuck Smith 28 RDE 16 15 12.0 1 4 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 42 12
34 Ray Buchanan 26 LCB 16 16 5 49 0 31 0 48 4
93 Dan Owens 30 RDT 15 15 8.0 1 14 0 14 0 1 1 1 2 0 41 10
23 Ronnie Bradford 27 RCB 16 14 4 9 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 43 8
92 Lester Archambeau 30 LDE 16 16 8.5 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 33 11
94 Henri Crockett 23 RLB 16 10 2.0 0 0 1 0 0 26 4
75 Shane Dronett 26 dt 16 1 3.0 16 10
20 Michael Booker 22 db 15 3 3 16 0 10 0 19 2
22 Lenny McGill 26 15 0 1 7 0 7 0 12 0
91 John Burrough 25 de 16 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 10 3
96 Anthony Pleasant 29 11 0 0.5 9 1
52 Craig Sauer 25 lb 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 1
51 David Brandon 32 lb 4 4 1.0 7 0
12 Chris Chandler* 32 QB 14 14 0 9 3 -18 0
89 Todd Kinchen 28 PR 16 0 0 5 2 0 0
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 31 qb 6 1 0 6 1 0 0
32 Jamal Anderson 25 RB 16 15 0 4 1 0 0
47 Chris Bayne 22 13 0 2 1
24 Byron Hanspard 21 KR 16 0 0 3 2 0 0
44 Bob Christian 29 FB 16 12 0 3 1 0 0
87 Bert Emanuel 27 WR 16 16 0 2 2 0 0
69 Gene Williams 29 RG 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
76 Antone Davis 30 t 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
28 Harold Green 29 rb 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
54 Ruffin Hamilton 26 12 0 0 1
88 O.J. Santiago 23 TE 11 11 0 1 0 0 0
61 Robbie Tobeck 27 LG 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 55.0 18 114 0 31 0 13 34 26 -16 0 647 161
Opp Total 16 54 27 17 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
5 Morten Andersen 37 K 16 0 35 23 104
32 Jamal Anderson 25 RB 16 15 7 3 10 60
87 Bert Emanuel 27 WR 16 16 9 9 54
81 Terance Mathis 30 WR 16 16 6 6 36
24 Byron Hanspard 21 KR 16 0 1 2 3 18
88 O.J. Santiago 23 TE 11 11 2 2 12
44 Bob Christian 29 FB 16 12 1 1 6
28 Harold Green 29 rb 16 1 1 1 6
82 Michael Haynes 32 12 0 1 1 6
89 Todd Kinchen 28 PR 16 0 1 1 6
85 Brian Kozlowski 27 te 16 5 1 1 6
83 Ed West 36 te 12 3 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 16 8 26 2 36 35 23 320
Opp Total 16 18 24 2 1 4 39 14 1 361