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The 2011 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Mike Smith.

2011 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachMike Smith
General managerThomas Dimitroff
OwnerArthur Blank
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 2–24
Pro BowlersTony Gonzalez, TE, Roddy White, WR

Finishing the regular season 10–6, the Falcons clinched the #5 seed in the playoffs. Atlanta’s season ended quickly as they lost 24–2 to Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the opening round. The Giants would go on to defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

This is also the first time the franchise clinched consecutive playoff berths, and the first time it won ten or more games in consecutive seasons.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

SigningsEdit

Pos. Player 2010 Team Contract
DE Ray Edwards Minnesota Vikings 5 years, $27.5 million
OLB Stephen Nicholas Atlanta Falcons 5 years, $17.5 million
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons 4 years, $10.7 million

DeparturesEdit

Pos. Player 2011 Team
WR Michael Jenkins Minnesota Vikings
DE Jamaal Anderson Indianapolis Colts
WR Brian Finneran

2011 NFL DraftEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 6 Julio Jones Wide Receiver Alabama
3 91 Akeem Dent Inside Linebacker Georgia
5 158 Jacquizz Rogers Running Back Oregon State
6 192 Matt Bosher Punter Miami (FL)
7 210 [a] Andrew Jackson Offensive Guard Fresno State
7 230 [b] Cliff Matthews Defensive End South Carolina
^[a] The Falcons acquired this seventh-round selection and a 2010 sixth-round selection in a trade that sent CB Chris Houston to the Detroit Lions.
^[b] The Falcons acquired this seventh-round selection in a trade that sent T Quinn Ojinnaka to the New England Patriots.

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Falcons' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 7:30 p.m. EDT Miami Dolphins L 23–28 0–1 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 19 8:00 p.m. EDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 13–15 0–2 EverBank Field FOX Recap
3 August 27 7:30 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–34 0–3 Heinz Field Recap
4 September 1 7:30 p.m. EDT Baltimore Ravens L 7–21 0–4 Georgia Dome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:00 p.m. EDT at Chicago Bears L 12–30 0–1 Soldier Field Fox Recap
2 September 18 8:20 p.m. EDT Philadelphia Eagles W 35–31 1–1 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
3 September 25 4:15 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–16 1–2 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
4 October 2 4:05 p.m. EDT at Seattle Seahawks W 30–28 2–2 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
5 October 9 8:20 p.m. EDT Green Bay Packers L 14–25 2–3 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. EDT Carolina Panthers W 31–17 3–3 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
7 October 23 1:00 p.m. EDT at Detroit Lions W 23–16 4–3 Ford Field Fox Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. EST at Indianapolis Colts W 31–7 5–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 13 1:00 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints L 23–26 (OT) 5–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
11 November 20 4:15 p.m. EST[1] Tennessee Titans W 23–17 6–4 Georgia Dome CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. EST Minnesota Vikings W 24–14 7–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. EST at Houston Texans L 10–17 7–5 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 1:00 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers W 31–23 8–5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 15 8:20 p.m. EST Jacksonville Jaguars W 41–14 9–5 Georgia Dome NFLN[a] Recap
16 December 26 8:30 p.m. EST at New Orleans Saints L 16–45 9–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome ESPN[b] Recap
17 January 1 4:15 p.m. EST[2] Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 45–24 10–6 Georgia Dome Fox Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on WATL-TV.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on WSB-TV.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 0 3612
Bears 10 6 14030

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

The Falcons started their season out on the road against the Bears. With the loss, the team fell to 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Two: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 10 21031
Falcons 7 7 71435

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

For the regular season opener at home, the Falcons faced the Eagles. The win improved the team to 1–1 and also helped Starting QB Matt Ryan improve to 4–0 as a regular season starter during home openers.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 3 01013
Buccaneers 3 10 3016

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1–2.

Week 4: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Four: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 17 3330
Seahawks 0 7 14728

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 2–2.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 6 91025
Falcons 7 7 0014

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,576
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information

The Falcons went home for a week 5 duel with the undefeated Packers. This would be a rematch of last year's NFC Divisional Round. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2–3.

Week 6: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 3 7 7017
Falcons 7 7 01731

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,047
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information

With their 3rd-straight win over the Panthers, the Falcons improved to 3–3.

Week 7: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Seven: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 7 3323
Lions 3 3 10016

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

With the win, the Falcons went into their bye week at 4–3.

Week 9: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 14 7 7331
Colts 0 7 007

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 5–3 and went 2–13 overall against the Colts.

Week 10: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Saints 3 7 76326
Falcons 3 3 710023

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,359
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
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Game information

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 5–4.

Week 11: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Eleven: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 7717
Falcons 7 6 10023

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EST[1]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 68,164
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 6–4.

Week 12: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 7714
Falcons 7 10 0724

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 68,115
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 7–4.

Week 13: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 3 7010
Texans 3 7 0717

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,545
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 7–5.

Week 14: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 0 101431
Panthers 7 16 0023

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43 °F or 6.1 °C (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 72,680
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Jim Mora, Jr. and Drea Avent
Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 8–5.

Week 15: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Fifteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 0 7714
Falcons 10 17 14041

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

With the win, the Falcons improved to 9–5.

Week 16: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 0 3316
Saints 7 14 101445

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 9–6, but were able to clinch a playoff spot due to the Chicago Bears 35–21 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 7 11624
Falcons 21 21 0345

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

With the win, the Falcons finished the season at 10–6 and captured the NFC's #5 seed.

StandingsEdit

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) New Orleans Saints 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 547 339 W8
(5) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 402 350 W1
Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 2–4 3–9 406 427 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 307 494 L10

PostseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 8, 2012 1:00 p.m. EST at New York Giants (4) L 2–24 0–1 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap

Game summariesEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #4 New York GiantsEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 2 002
Giants 0 7 10724

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

The Falcons lost their Wild Card round playoff game to the New York Giants on January 8, 2012, by a score of 24–2. It is the first time in NFL playoff history that a team has scored exactly two points. The previous NFL team to score only a safety in a game was the 1993 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.

StaffEdit

Atlanta Falcons 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2011 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
53 Active, 4 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Adams, Jay. "Falcons-Titans game flexed". atlantafalcons.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  2. ^ a b Adams, Jay. "Falcons-Bucs Game 'Flexed' to 4:15 Kick". atlantafalcons.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2011-12-24.