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2011 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Mike Smith
Home Field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 3–3
Place 3rd NFC South
Playoff Finish TBD
Pro Bowlers TBD
Timeline
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The 2011 Atlanta Falcons season will be the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Mike Smith. After a disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Falcons will attempt to defend its NFC South division title and contend for another Super Bowl.

OffseasonEdit

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 Ford Field Fox
8 Bye
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. EST at Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium Fox
10 November 13 1:00 p.m. EST * New Orleans Saints Georgia Dome Fox
11 November 20 1:00 p.m. EST * Tennessee Titans Georgia Dome CBS
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. EST * Minnesota Vikings Georgia Dome Fox
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. EST * at Houston Texans Reliant Stadium Fox
14 December 11 1:00 p.m. EST * at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Fox
15 December 15 8:20 p.m. EST Jacksonville Jaguars Georgia Dome NFLN
16 December 26 8:30 p.m. EST at New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome ESPN
17 January 1 1:00 p.m. EST * Tampa Bay Buccaneers Georgia Dome Fox
  *  Indicates that the game time is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 3 6

12

Bears 10 6 14 0

30

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 23 yard field goal, Bears 13–3.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 26 yard field goal, Bears 16–3.
Third quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 25 yard field goal, Bears 16–6.
  • CHI – Matt Spaeth 1 yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 23–6.
  • CHI – Brian Urlacher 12 yard fumble return (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 30–6.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 31/47, 319 yards, 1 interception
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 22/32, 312 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 10 21 0

31

Falcons 7 7 7 14

35

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • PHI –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • PHI –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • PHI –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • PHI –
  • ATL –

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 games.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 0 10

13

Buccaneers 3 10 3 0

16

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • TB –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • TB –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • TB –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • TB –

Week 4: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Four: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 17 3 3

30

Seahawks 0 7 14 7

28

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter

TD Tony Gonzalez 1 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 7-0

Second quarter

TD 10:13 Michael Turner 21 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 14-0

TD 08:46 Sidney Rice 52 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 14-7

TD 02:48 Michael Turner 1 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 21-7

FG 00:25 Matt Bryant 47 Yd ATL 24-7

Third quarter

FG 13:40 Matt Bryant 50 Yd ATL 27-7

TD 10:01 Mike Williams 6 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 27-14

TD 03:07 Marshawn Lynch 11 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 27-21

Fourth quarter

FG 11:38 Matt Bryant 42 Yd ATL 30-21

TD 08:13 Ben Obomanu 8 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 30-28

Top passers
  • ATL – M. Ryan 291 Yards
  • SEA – T. Jackson 319 Yards
Top rushers
  • ATL – M. Turner 70 Yards
  • SEA – M. Lynch 24 Yards
Top receivers
  • ATL – J. Jones 127 Yards
  • SEA – D. Baldwin 84 Yards
Top tacklers
  • ATL – W. Moore 8 Tackles
  • SEA – D. Hawthorne 10 tackles

Week 5: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 6 9 10

25

Falcons 7 7 0 0

14

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
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GB –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • GB –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • GB –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • GB –
  • ATL –

Week 6: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 0

17

Falcons 7 7 0 17

31

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
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –

Week 7: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Seven: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons

0

Lions

0

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • DET –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • DET –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • DET –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • DET –

Week 9: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons

0

Colts

0

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • IND –

Week 10: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints

0

Falcons

0

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • ATL –

Week 11: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Eleven: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans

0

Falcons

0

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –

Week 12: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings

0

Falcons

0

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –

Week 13: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons

0

Texans

0

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST[a]
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –

Week 14: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons

0

Panthers

0

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –

Week 15: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Fifteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars

0

Falcons

0

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: NFLN
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • JAC –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • JAC –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • JAC –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • JAC –
  • ATL –

Week 16: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons

0

Saints

0

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 26
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: ESPN
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • NO –

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers

0

Falcons

0

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV: Fox
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TB –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • TB –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • TB –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • ATL –
^[a] Gametime subject to change due to flexible scheduling.

StandingsEdit

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Current staffEdit

Atlanta Falcons staffv · d · e
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Arthur Blank
  • President/CEO – Rich McKay
  • General Manager – Thomas Dimitroff
  • Assistant General Manager – Scott Pioli
  • Director of Player Personnel – Lionel Vital
  • Director of Football Administration – Nick Polk
  • Director of Pro Scouting – DeJuan Polk
  • Director of College Scouting – Steve Sabo
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special Teams Coordinator – Keith Armstrong
  • Assistant Special Teams – Eric Sutulovich
Strength and conditioning
  • Head Strength and Conditioning – A. J. Neibel
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Jonas Beauchemin

Coaching staff
Management
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Current rosterEdit

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 30, 2011
Depth ChartTransactions

52 Active, 0 Inactive, 16 FAs

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Notes and referencesEdit

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