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The 1991 Atlanta Falcons season was the team's 26th season in the National Football League (NFL). It was also the final season they played at Fulton County Stadium, before moving into the Georgia Dome the following year. The season would be the most successful Atlanta compiled in almost a decade, with the team recording a winning record for the first time in nine years. Additionally, the team won its first playoff game since 1978, by defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Game.

1991 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachJerry Glanville
Home fieldFulton County Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card (Saints) 27–20
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (Redskins) 7–24
The Falcons playing against the LA Rams at Anaheim Stadium in 1991

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

The Falcons' most notable selection in the 1991 NFL draft was future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who was drafted by in the second round, 33rd overall.[1] Head coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of the drafting of Favre, saying it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game.[2] Favre's first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. He only attempted four passes in his career at Atlanta, completing none of them.[3] Favre's tenure in Atlanta was short-lived and after the season, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers, where he spent the majority of his 20 season career.

1991 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Bruce Pickens  Cornerback Nebraska
1 13 Mike Pritchard  Wide receiver Colorado
2 33 Brett Favre *   Quarterback Southern Mississippi
4 87 Moe Gardner  Defensive tackle Illinois
5 114 James Goode  Linebacker Oklahoma
6 145 Erric Pegram  Running back North Texas
7 172 Brian Mitchell  Cornerback BYU
7 186 Mark Tucker  Guard USC
8 199 Randy Austin  Tight end UCLA
9 226 Ernie Logan  Defensive tackle East Carolina
10 256 Walter Sutton  Wide receiver Southwest Minnesota State
11 258 Pete Lucas  Offensive tackle Wisconsin–Stevens Point
11 283 Joe Sims  Offensive tackle Nebraska
12 310 Bob Christian  Fullback Northwestern
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1991 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Rankin M. Smith Sr.
  • President – Taylor Smith
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Ken Herock
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Chuck Connor

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Bobby April

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tim Jorgensen

RosterEdit

1991 Atlanta Falcons roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 3–14 0–1
74,246
2 September 8 Minnesota Vikings L 19–20 0–2
50,936
3 September 15 at San Diego Chargers W 13–10 1–2
44,804
4 September 22 Los Angeles Raiders W 21–17 2–2
53,615
5 September 29 New Orleans Saints L 6–27 2–3
56,556
6 Bye
7 October 13 at San Francisco 49ers W 39–34 3–3
57,343
8 October 20 at Phoenix Cardinals L 10–16 3–4
29,804
9 October 27 Los Angeles Rams W 31–14 4–4
50,187
10 November 3 San Francisco 49ers W 17–14 5–4
51,259
11 November 10 at Washington Redskins L 17–56 5–5
52,461
12 November 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 43–7 6–5
41,274
13 November 24 at New Orleans Saints W 23–20 7–5
68,591
14 December 1 Green Bay Packers W 35–31 8–5
43,270
15 December 8 at Los Angeles Rams W 31–14 9–5
35,315
16 December 15 Seattle Seahawks W 26–13 10–5
53,834
17 December 22 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–31 10–6
60,962

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 341 211 W2
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 5–1 7–5 361 338 L1
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 393 239 W6
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 234 390 L10

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 3 000 3
• Chiefs 0 077 14

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Week 2Edit

1 234Total
• Vikings 7 076 20
Falcons 3 709 19

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Week 3Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 7 330 13
Chargers 0 703 10

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Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 0 773 17
• Falcons 7 077 21
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 5Edit

1 234Total
• Saints 3 7107 27
Falcons 0 600 6
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 7Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 14 6136 39
49ers 0 14137 34

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Week 8Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 7 300 10
• Cardinals 3 0103 16

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Week 9Edit

1 234Total
Rams 0 0014 14
• Falcons 7 14100 31
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 71°F; wind 10

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Week 10Edit

1 234Total
49ers 0 707 14
• Falcons 0 0017 17
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 11Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 3 0140 17
• Redskins 7 21721 56

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Week 12Edit

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 007 7
• Falcons 0 3337 43
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 13Edit

1 234OTTotal
• Falcons 0 37103 23
Saints 0 7670 20

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Week 14Edit

1 234Total
Packers 7 14010 31
• Falcons 7 0721 35
  • Date: December 1
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 15Edit

1 234Total
• Falcons 10 1470 31
Rams 0 707 14

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Week 16Edit

1 234Total
Seahawks 0 0310 13
• Falcons 2 1077 26
  • Date: December 15
  • Location: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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Week 17Edit

1 234Total
Falcons 14 3100 27
• Cowboys 21 307 31

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PlayoffsEdit

Wild CardEdit

1 234Total
• Falcons 0 10710 27
Saints 7 607 20

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller completed the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest. Miller completed 18 out of 30 passes for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns.

DivisionalEdit

1 234Total
Falcons 0 700 7
• Redskins 0 1437 24

During their regular season meeting, Washington defeated Atlanta 56–17, with quarterback Mark Rypien throwing for 446 yards and 6 touchdowns. In this game the score was closer, but the result was still the same.

Under rainy and muddy conditions, the Redskins forced 6 turnovers, held the ball for over 36 minutes, and scored two touchdowns in a span of 3:11 in the second quarter.

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Deion Sanders, Pro Bowl selection (1991)
  • Deion Sanders, Associated Press Second-team All-pro selection (1991)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NFL Draft History – 1991". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  2. ^ D'Amato, Gary (2005-10-24). "Trading places". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/players/brettfavre/careerstats?id=FAV540222
  4. ^ "1991 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "1991 Atlanta Falcons starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
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