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1991 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Jerry Glanville
Home Field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Place 2nd NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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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.

OffseasonEdit

Brett Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] 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.[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]

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
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
5 114 James Goode Linebacker Oklahoma
6 145 Erric Pegram Running Back North Texas
7 172 Brian K. Mitchell Defensive Back BYU
7 186 Mark Tucker Guard USC
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
11 283 Joe Sims Tackle Nebraska
12 310 Bob Christian Running Back Northwestern
[4]

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



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

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
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 341 211
Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 361 338
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 393 239
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 234 390

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Wild Card GameEdit

Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 7 10

27

Saints 7 6 0 7

20

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 PlayoffEdit

Washington Redskins 24, Atlanta Falcons 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 0

7

Redskins 0 14 3 7

24

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

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)

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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