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The 1980 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons 15th season and culminated in their first division title in franchise history. After a 3-3 start, the Falcons went on a nine-game winning streak as Quarterback Steve Bartkowski passed for a career best 3,544 yards while connecting on 31 Touchdown passes. As the NFC's top seed, the Falcons gained home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Falcons season ended with a 30-27 divisional playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys before 60,022 fans at Fulton County Stadium. It was an excruciating defeat as Atlanta had leads of both 24-10 and 27-17 before falling to Danny White's TD pass to Drew Pearson in the final minute.

1980 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachLeeman Bennett
General managerEddie LeBaron
OwnerRankin M. Smith Sr.
Home fieldFulton County Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 27–30

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1980 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Junior Miller *  Tight end Nebraska
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1980 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



RosterEdit

1980 Atlanta Falcons final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings L 23-24
44,773
2 September 14, 1980 at New England Patriots W 37–21
48,321
3 September 21, 1980 Miami Dolphins L 17-20
55,470
4 September 28, 1980 at San Francisco 49ers W 20–17
56,518
5 October 5, 1980 Detroit Lions W 43–28
57,652
6 October 12, 1980 New York Jets L 7-14
57,458
7 October 19, 1980 at New Orleans Saints W 41–14
62,651
8 October 26, 1980 Los Angeles Rams W 13–10
57,401
9 November 2, 1980 at Buffalo Bills W 30–14
57,959
10 November 9, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 33–27
48,662
11 November 16, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 31–13
53,871
12 November 23, 1980 Chicago Bears W 28–17
49,156
13 November 30, 1980 Washington Redskins W 10–6
55,665
14 December 7, 1980 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17
70,205
15 December 14, 1980 San Francisco 49ers W 35–10
55,767
16 December 21, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 17-20
62,469

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 6 0710 23
• Vikings 7 773 24

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 14 1436 37
Patriots 7 1400 21

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
• Dolphins 3 0017 20
Falcons 0 773 17

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 3 0314 20
49ers 0 3014 17

Week 5Edit

1 234Total
Lions 3 3022 28
• Falcons 17 1727 43
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 6Edit

1 234Total
• Jets 7 007 14
Falcons 0 007 7
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 7Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 7 6217 41
Saints 7 700 14
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

[2]

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
Rams 0 370 10
• Falcons 6 007 13
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium


Week 9Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 0 101010 30
Bills 7 700 14

Week 10Edit

1 234OTTotal
• Falcons 3 31476 33
Cardinals 17 7300 27

Week 11Edit

1 234Total
Saints 7 006 13
• Falcons 3 7714 31
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 12Edit

1 234Total
Bears 7 370 17
• Falcons 0 14014 28
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 13Edit

1 234Total
Redskins 0 303 6
• Falcons 0 073 10
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 14Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 3 773 20
Eagles 0 1403 17

Week 15Edit

1 234Total
49ers 0 307 10
• Falcons 7 01414 35
  • Date: December 14
  • Location: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Week 16Edit

1 234OTTotal
Falcons 7 7030 17
• Rams 3 01403 20

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 4, 1981 Dallas Cowboys L 27-30
60,022

DivisionalEdit

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 7020 30
Falcons 10 773 27

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(1) 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 405 272 L1
Los Angeles Rams(5) 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 424 289 W2
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 320 415 L2
New Orleans Saints 1 15 0 .063 0–6 0–12 291 487 L1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1980 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External linksEdit