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1971 Atlanta Falcons (NFL) 3rd place National Football Conference Western Division 7-6-1 .538
Head Coach: Norm Van Brocklin
Offensive BacksBilly Ray Barnes
Defensive BacksFred Bruney
DefenseMarion Campbell
ReceiversHarry Gilmer
Defensive LineBob Griffin
Offensive LineDuane Putnam
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/14/1971AKansas City Chiefs10-12LKansas City, MOMunicipal Stadium37403
Sat8/21/1971NDenver Broncos27-10WMemphis, TNMemorial Stadium22474
Sun8/29/1971HBuffalo Bills35-24WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium53090
Sun9/5/1971ANew England Patriots45-35WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium48631
Sat9/11/1971ASan Diego Chargers14-21LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium32555
Sun9/19/1971HSan Francisco 49ers20-17WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium56990
Sun9/26/1971ALos Angeles Rams20-20TLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum57895
Sun10/3/1971ADetroit Lions38-41LDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sun10/10/1971HSt. Louis Cardinals9-26LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Sun10/17/1971HLos Angeles Rams16-24LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Sun10/24/1971HNew Orleans Saints28-6WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Sun10/31/1971ACleveland Browns31-14WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium76825
Sun11/7/1971ACincinnati Bengals9-6WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium59604
Sun11/14/1971HNew York Giants17-21LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Mon11/22/1971HGreen Bay Packers28-21WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Sun11/28/1971AMinnesota Vikings7-24LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sun12/5/1971HOakland Raiders24-13WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Sun12/12/1971ASan Francisco 49ers3-24LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park44582
Sun12/19/1971ANew Orleans Saints24-20WNew Orleans, LATulane Stadium75554
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
52Ron AcksLLB6'221027Illinois14
54Grady AllenLB6'322625Texas A&M3
37Bill BellK-P6'119124Kansas140
28Willie BeltonRB5'1120723Maryland-Eastern Shore14
17Bob BerryQB5'1118529Oregon11
62John BramlettLB6'221630Memphis7
50Greg BrezinaRLB6'122125Houston14
34Ray BrownRS-CB6'220622West Texas A&M10
82Ken BurrowWR6'019123Utah State; San Diego State14
33Jim ButlerRB5'1019128Edward Waters13
45Sonny CampbellRB5'1119223Northern Arizona14
81Wes ChessonWR6'219522Duke14
88Glen CondrenRDT6'224829Oklahoma12
84Mike DonohoeTE6'322626San Francisco9
63Dick EnderleOG6'225824Minnesota14
58Don HansenMLB6'322727Illinois14
10Leo HartQB6'420322Duke1
27Tom HayesRCB-S6'119925Riverside CC; San Diego State1414
87Claude HumphreyLDE6'525827Tennessee State14
46Ray JarvisWR6'019722Norfolk State2
59Rudy KuechenbergLB6'221728Indiana3
75George KunzROT6'525124Notre Dame1414
72Greg LensDT6'526126Trinity (Texas)7
69Mike LewisDE6'426022Wiley; Arkansas-Pine Bluff9
26Billy LothridgeP6'119429Georgia Tech90
22John MalloryLS6'018825West Virginia14
25Art MaloneHB5'1121123Arizona State13
89Randy MarshallDE6'523725Linfield6
53John MatlockC6'425027Miami (Florida)12
64Andy MaurerLOG6'325523Oregon14
20Tom McCauleyS6'319024Wisconsin4
55Jim MillerOG6'324022Iowa14
86Jim MitchellTE6'123524Prairie View A&M13
60Tommy NobisLB6'223528Texas4
35Tony PlummerS5'1018924San Mateo JC; Pacific7
85Ray PoageTE6'320331Texas4
23Joe ProfitRB6'021022Louisiana-Monroe4
36Ken ReavesLCB6'320627Norfolk State14
47Rudy RedmondCB6'019024Riverside CC; Pacific8
61Bill SandemanLOT6'625629Stockton JC; Pacific14
30Larry ShearsCB-S5'1018522Lincoln (Missouri)9
11Dick ShinerQB6'019729Maryland10
66John SmallLDT-LB6'426325The Citadel14
67Malcolm SniderROG6'425124Stanford13
80Todd SnyderWR6'218723Ohio University4
57Jeff Van NoteC6'224725Kentucky1414
5Harmon WagesRB6'121425Florida14
51Cleo WalkerLB6'321923Louisville11
71John ZookRDE6'524024Kansas14
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Joe Profit17RBLouisiana-Monroe
Ken Burrow233WRSan Diego State
Leo Hart359QBDuke
Mike Potchad485TPittsburg State
Ray Jarvis5111WRNorfolk State
Tom Hayes6137DBSan Diego State
Ray Brown6148DBWest Texas A&Mfrom NYG
Wes Chesson7163WRDuke
Dennis Havig8189GColorado
Alvin Griffin9215WRTuskegee
Faddie Tillman10241DEBoise State
Larry Shears11267DBLincoln (Missouri)
Ronnie Lowe12293WRFort Valley State
Dan Crooks13319DBWisconsin
Deryl Comer14345TETexas
Wallace Clark15371RBAuburn
Lindsey James16397RBSan Diego State
Willie Martin17423RBJohnson C. Smith
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals74864866
Opponents Totals57826870
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals22199108147718242.34666.779723
Opponents Totals30:002371141061710321448.122100.061614
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Bill Bell0293387.9132161.9068
Art Malone80000048
Ken Burrow60000036
Jim Mitchell60000036
Jim Butler40000024
Tom Hayes30000018
Harmon Wages20000012
Willie Belton1000006
Don Hansen1000006
John Mallory1000006
Joe Profit1000006
Dick Shiner1000006
John Zook0000012
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals34293485.3132161.91274
Opponents Totals313131100.0202387.00277
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Bill Bell132161.94/45/73/51/50/0
Team Totals132161.94/45/73/51/50/0
Opponents Totals202387.04/47/84/64/40/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Jim Butler1865943.2192
Art Malone1204383.7196
Harmon Wages642664.2271
Willie Belton562374.2161
Sonny Campbell29792.780
Bob Berry19311.690
Jim Mitchell4256.3240
Ray Jarvis11313.0130
Joe Profit3103.34t1
Dick Shiner1090.94t1
Ken Burrow155.050
Wes Chesson1-4-4.0-40
Team Totals49417033.42712
Opponents Totals50021494.373t19
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Bob Berry22613660.27420058.914.784114.9167.121150185575.9
Dick Shiner573052.6224638.115.44758.858.8108937472.5
Billy Lothridge11100.002727.027.02700.000.00027118.8
Leo Hart100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals28516758.69724958.814.984165.6217.431239225675.4
Opponents Totals34316447.815918955.511.66892.6205.831257163849.4
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Art Malone3438011.246t2
Ken Burrow3374122.5846
Jim Mitchell3359318.0435
Wes Chesson2022411.2240
Harmon Wages1924913.1471
Jim Butler151439.527t2
Ray Poage47117.8310
Sonny Campbell34013.3290
Willie Belton3227.3100
John Mallory12727.0270
Greg Brezina133.030
George Kunz122.020
Team Totals167249514.98416
Opponents Totals164189511.6689
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Ken Reaves6437.2310
Don Hansen35618.740t1
Ray Brown33210.7230
Tom Hayes3279.0270
Greg Brezina3227.3110
Ron Acks100.000
Tom McCauley100.000
Team Totals201809.040t1
Opponents Totals2124211.5260
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Billy Lothridge44163937.35812
Bill Bell1657736.1480
Team Totals60221636.95812117205934.9
Opponents Totals63260641.45624174235238.6
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Willie Belton3031635.4320
John Mallory5230.620
Tom McCauley1188.080
Ray Brown1200.000
Team Totals3781744.7320
Opponents Totals26211174.5190
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Willie Belton2870625.2580
Jim Butler1337228.6820
Joe Profit1024724.7350
Sonny Campbell49523.8330
Harmon Wages12121.0210
Dick Enderle12020.0200
John Small11212.0120
John Matlock144.040
Team Totals59147725.0820
Opponents Totals52122823.697t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Willie Belton910100
Bob Berry420200
Greg Brezina0003380
Ray Brown00011110
Ken Burrow110100
Jim Butler730300
Sonny Campbell1202110
Glen Condren0001100
Don Hansen00033140
Tom Hayes00033691
Greg Lens0001100
John Mallory1123541
Art Malone530300
Jim Miller0010100
Jim Mitchell3101551
Tommy Nobis0001100
Joe Profit210100
Ken Reaves0001100
Bill Sandeman0010100
Dick Shiner3202-60
John Small00123170
Jeff Van Note100000
Harmon Wages210100
Team Totals39182118392333
Opponents Totals32181315281
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