|1991 Atlanta Falcons season|
|Head Coach||Jerry Glanville|
|Home Field||Fulton County Stadium|
|Place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff Finish||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1991 Atlanta Falcons season was the team's 26th season in the National Football League. It was also the final season they played at Fulton County Stadium, before moving into the Georgia Dome the following year. The franchise won its first playoff game since 1978, by defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game.
Brett Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft. Atlanta 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. 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.
|1||3||Bruce Pickens||Defensive Back||Nebraska|
|1||13||Mike Pritchard||Wide Receiver||Colorado|
|2||33||Brett Favre||Quarterback||Southern Mississippi|
|4||87||Moe Gardner||Defensive Tackle||Illinois|
|6||145||Erric Pegram||Running Back||North Texas|
|7||172||Brian K. Mitchell||Defensive Back||BYU|
|8||199||Randy Austin||Tight End||UCLA|
|9||226||Ernie Logan||Nose tackle||East Carolina|
|10||256||Walter Sutton||Wide Receiver||Southwest Minnesota|
|11||258||Pete Lucas||Tackle||Wisconsin–Stevens Point|
|12||310||Bob Christian||Running Back||Northwestern|
|1991 Atlanta Falcons staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1991 Atlanta Falcons roster|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 1||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 3–14||0–1|
|2||September 8||Minnesota Vikings||L 19–20||0–2|
|3||September 15||at San Diego Chargers||W 13–10||1–2|
|4||September 22||Los Angeles Raiders||W 21–17||2–2|
|5||September 29||New Orleans Saints||L 6–27||2–3|
|7||October 13||at San Francisco 49ers||W 39–34||3–3|
|8||October 20||at Phoenix Cardinals||L 10–16||3–4|
|9||October 27||Los Angeles Rams||W 31–14||4–4|
|10||November 3||San Francisco 49ers||W 17–14||5–4|
|11||November 10||at Washington Redskins||L 17–56||5–5|
|12||November 17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 43–7||6–5|
|13||November 24||at New Orleans Saints||W 23–20||7–5|
|14||December 1||Green Bay Packers||W 35–31||8–5|
|15||December 8||at Los Angeles Rams||W 31–14||9–5|
|16||December 15||Seattle Seahawks||W 26–13||10–5|
|17||December 22||at Dallas Cowboys||L 27–31||10–6|
|New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||.688||341||211|
|San Francisco 49ers||10||6||0||.625||393||239|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||13||0||.188||234||390|
NFC Wild Card Game
Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 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.
NFC Divisional Playoff
Washington Redskins 24, Atlanta Falcons 7|
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 records
- Deion Sanders, Pro Bowl selection (1991)
- Deion Sanders, Associated Press Second-team All-pro selection (1991)
- "NFL Draft History - 1991". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. http://web.archive.org/web/20070210103643/http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/years/1991#round2. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
- D'Amato, Gary (2005-10-24). "Trading places". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20070603144334/http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=358097. Retrieved 2007-02-08.