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The 1982 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League (NFL). The team qualified for the postseason and unofficially won the NFC West for the second time in three years. Due to the players strike, this was not recognized as divisions were dissolved for this year only. As the lone NFC West team to qualify for the playoffs, Falcons were considered the 1982 first place team when 1983 matchups were determined.

1982 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachLeeman Bennett
General managerTom Braatz
Home fieldFulton County Stadium
Results
Record5–4
Division place5th NFC
Playoff finishLost First Round (at Vikings) 24–30
Pro BowlersC Jeff van Note
G R. C. Thielemann
T Mike Kenn
FB William Andrews

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1982 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 9 Gerald Riggs *  Running back Arizona State
2 36 Doug Rogers  Defensive end Stanford
3 63 Stacey Bailey  Wide receiver San Jose State
4 95 Reggie Brown  Running back Oregon
5 122 Von Mansfield  Defensive back Wisconsin
6 149 Mike Kelley  Quarterback Georgia Tech
7 176 David Toloumu  Running back Hawaii
8 203 Ricky Eberhardt  Defensive back Morris Brown
9 235 Mike Horan  Punter Long Beach State
10 262 Curtis Stowers  Linebacker Mississippi State
11 288 Jeff Keller  Wide receiver Washington State
12 315 Dave Levenick  Linebacker Wisconsin
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1982 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



RosterEdit

1982 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

Game Date Opponent Result Falcons points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 12 at New York Giants Win 16 14 1–0
74,286
2 Sept. 19 Los Angeles Raiders Loss 14 38 1–1
54,774
Sept. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs canceled 1–1
Oct. 3 San Diego Chargers canceled 1–1
Oct. 10 at Los Angeles Rams canceled 1–1
Oct. 17 at Detroit Lions canceled 1–1
Oct. 24 San Francisco 49ers canceled 1–1
Oct. 31 at New Orleans Saints postponed 1–1
Nov. 7 at Chicago Bears canceled 1–1
Nov. 15 Philadelphia Eagles canceled 1–1
3 Nov. 21 Los Angeles Rams Win 34 17 2–1
39,686
4 Nov. 28 St. Louis Cardinals Loss 20 23 2–2
33,411
5 Dec. 5 at Denver Broncos Win 34 27 3–2
73,984
6 Dec. 12 New Orleans Saints Win 35 0 4–2
39,535
7 Dec. 19 at San Francisco 49ers Win 17 7 5–2
53,234
8 Dec. 26 Green Bay Packers Loss 7 38 5–3
50,245
9 Jan. 2 at New Orleans Saints Loss 6 35 5–4
47,336
Wildcard Jan. 9 at Minnesota Vikings Loss 24 30
60,560

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StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 3–1 4–3 183 199 L2
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 2–1 3–5 129 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 1–3 2–3 209 206 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 1–2 1–5 200 250 W1
National Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 226 145 L2
Green Bay Packers(3) 5 3 1 .611 226 169 L1
Minnesota Vikings(4) 5 4 0 .556 187 198 W1
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 183 199 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 135 170 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7) 5 4 0 .556 158 178 W3
Detroit Lions(8) 4 5 0 .444 181 176 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160 W1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206 L1
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250 W1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1982 Atlanta Falcons Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1982-atl

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