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1978 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Leeman Bennett
Home Field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 9-7
Place 2nd NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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1977 1979

The 1978 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcon's 13th season. It was the first postseason appearance in franchise history.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 13 Mike Kenn[1]Offensive TackleMichigan

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Falcons points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 3 Houston Oilers Win 20 14 1-0
2 Sept. 10 at Los Angeles RamsLoss 0 10 1-1
3 Sept. 17 Cleveland Browns Loss 16 24 1-2
4 Sept. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Loss 9 14 1-3
5 Oct. 1 New York Giants Win 23 20 2-3
6 Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers Loss 7 31 2-4
7 Oct. 15 Detroit Lions Win 14 0 3-4
8 Oct. 22 at San Francisco 49ers Win 20 17 4-4
9 Oct. 30 Los Angeles Rams Win 15 7 5-4
10 Nov. 5San Francisco 49ers Win 21 10 6-4
11 Nov. 12 at New Orleans Saints Win 20 17 7-4
12 Nov. 19at Chicago Bears Loss 7 13 7-5
13 Nov. 26New Orleans Saints Win 20 17 8-5
14 Dec. 3 at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 7 37 8-6
15 Dec. 10 Washington Redskins Win 20 17 9-6
16 Dec. 17 at St. Louis Cardinals Loss 21 42 9-7
[2]

StandingsEdit

NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Los Angeles Rams 1240.750316245
Atlanta Falcons 970.563240290
New Orleans Saints 790.438281298
San Francisco 49ers 2140.125219350
[3]

RosterEdit

PostseasonEdit

NFC Wild Card GameEdit

Atlanta Falcons 14, Philadelphia Eagles 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 0 7 0

13

Falcons 0 0 0 14

14

at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

The Falcons won their first playoff game in team history after they overcame a 13-0 deficit by scoring 2 touchdowns in the final 5 minutes of the game.

NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

Dallas Cowboys 27, Atlanta Falcons 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 13 0 0

20

Cowboys 10 3 7 7

27

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Dallas' "Doomsday Defense" limited Atlanta quarterback Steve Bartkowski to only 8 completions in 23 attempts and intercepted him 3 times en route to victory. After the Falcons led 20-13 at halftime, the Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

References Edit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 393
  2. http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1978-atl
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 295
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1978 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XIII

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