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1978 Atlanta Falcons (NFL) 2nd place National Football Conference Western Division 9-7-0 .563
Head Coach: Leeman Bennett
Defensive LineJim Champion
Defensive BacksJerry Glanville
Offensive BacksJohn North
Quarterbacks/ReceiversTed Plumb
LinebackersDoug Shively
Offensive LineBill Walsh
QuarterbacksDick Wood
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/3/1978HHouston Oilers20-14WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium57328
Mon8/7/1978ANew York Jets20-17WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium31480
Sun9/10/1978ALos Angeles Rams0-10LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum46201
Sat8/12/1978APittsburgh Steelers7-13LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium46444
Sun9/17/1978HCleveland Browns16-24LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium56648
Sat8/19/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles7-24LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium51306
Fri8/25/1978AWashington Redskins10-7WWashington, DCRFK Stadium29487
Sun9/24/1978ATampa Bay Buccaneers9-14LTampa, FLTampa Stadium58073
Sun10/1/1978HNew York Giants23-20WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium47765
Sun10/8/1978APittsburgh Steelers7-31LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium48202
Sun10/15/1978HDetroit Lions14-0WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium51172
Sun10/22/1978ASan Francisco 49ers20-17WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park34133
Mon10/30/1978HLos Angeles Rams15-7WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium57250
Sun11/5/1978HSan Francisco 49ers21-10WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium55468
Sun11/12/1978ANew Orleans Saints20-17WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome70323
Sun11/19/1978AChicago Bears7-13LChicago, ILSoldier Field46022
Sun11/26/1978HNew Orleans Saints20-17WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium55121
Sun12/3/1978ACincinnati Bengals7-37LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium25336
Sun12/10/1978HWashington Redskins20-17WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium54178
Sun12/17/1978ASt. Louis Cardinals21-42LSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium40022
Sun12/24/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles14-13WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium49447NFC Wild Card Playoff
Sat12/30/1978ADallas Cowboys20-27LIrving, TXTexas Stadium60338NFC Divisional Playoff
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
72Jim BaileyLDT-DE6'425330Kansas1615
10Steve BartkowskiQB6'421526California1413
44Bubba BeanFB5'1119524Texas A&M1515
59Greg BrezinaRLB6'122132Houston1616
66Warren BryantROT6'627023Kentucky1311
38Rick ByasRCB5'1018528Eastern Michigan; Wayne State (Michigan)1616
32Ray EasterlingS6'019329Richmond22
26Mike EspositoRB6'018625Boston College160
74Wilson FaumuinaLDT6'527524San Jose State160
77Edgar FieldsLDE6'225524Navarro JC; Texas A&M162
89Wallace FrancisWR5'1119027Arkansas-Pine Bluff1616
40George FranklinRB6'322624Texas A&M-Kingsville150
88Lewis GilbertTE6'422522Florida40
36Bob GlazebrookDB6'120022Fresno CC; Fresno State80
87Claude HumphreyLDE6'525834Tennessee State44
85Alfred JacksonWR6'019023Texas150
30Ernie JacksonLCB5'1017628Duke160
6John JamesP6'319929Florida160
84Alfred JenkinsWR5'1017226Morris Brown11
14June JonesQB6'420025Oregon; Hawaii; Portland State73
78Mike KennLOT6'727822Michigan1616
54Fulton KuykendallLLB6'422625UCLA1616
22Rolland LawrenceLCB5'1017927Tabor1616
69Mike LewisRDT6'426029Wiley; Arkansas-Pine Bluff1616
4Tim MazzettiK6'117522Pennsylvania100
56Ron McCartneyRLB6'122024Tennessee150
52Dewey McClainLLB6'323624East Central160
73Phil McKinnelyROT6'424824UCLA144
75Jeff MerrowRDE6'425025West Virginia1414
86Jim MitchellTE6'123531Prairie View A&M1616
71Marv MontgomeryOT6'625530Los Angeles Valley JC; Southern California10
88Ken MooreTE6'423224Northern Illinois66
45Tom MoriartySS6'018325Bowling Green State140
55Ralph OrtegaMLB6'222025Florida151
33Ricky PattonHB5'1118924Ferris State; Michigan; Jackson State161
81Dennis PearsonWR5'1117723Washington State; San Diego State130
59Robert PennywellMLB6'122224Grambling State1515
27Tom PridemoreFS5'1118622West Virginia1614
28Frank ReedSS5'1119324Washington1616
82Billy RyckmanWR5'1117223Louisiana Tech1615
53Paul RyczekC-OG6'223126Virginia160
70Dave ScottLOG6'426525Kansas1616
24Haskel StanbackHB6'021026Tennessee1515
1Fred SteinfortK5'1118025Boston College60
58Steve StewartMLB6'221722Minnesota120
20Jim StienkeFS5'1118228Texas State50
25Ray StrongFB5'918422Contra Costa JC; Nevada-Las Vegas141
56Garth Ten NapelLB6'221524Texas A&M10
68R.C. ThielemannROG6'426023Arkansas1616
57Jeff Van NoteC6'224732Kentucky1616
83Jim WrightTE6'324022Blinn JC; Texas Christian150
79Jeff YeatesLDE-LDT6'325227Boston College1612
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mike Kenn113TMichigan
Steve Stewart243LBMinnesota
Stan Waldemore370GNebraska
Brian Cabral495LBColorado
Dennis Pearson5125WRSan Diego State
Rodney Parker6152WRTennessee State
Alfred Jackson7167WRTexas
Jim Wright7179TETexas Christian
Dave Adkins8209LBOhio State
David Williams8216DBTennessee-Martinfrom WAS
Tom Pridemore9236DBWest Virginia
Ricky Patton10257RBJackson Statefrom PHI
Ray Strong10263RBNevada-Las Vegas
Milton Reed11293DBBaylor
Daria Butler12320LBOklahoma State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals33804186
Opponents Totals541174772
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals25390133307823832.81301083
Opponents Totals30:03267117113378925934.41161010
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Tim Mazzetti01818100.0131681.3057
Haskel Stanback50000030
Bubba Bean40000024
Wallace Francis30000018
Fred Steinfort08988.931030.0017
Steve Bartkowski20000012
Alfred Jackson20000012
Jim Mitchell20000012
Ricky Patton20000012
Billy Ryckman20000012
Ray Strong20000012
Rick Byas1000006
Tom Moriarty1000006
Dennis Pearson1000006
Dewey McClain0000012
Frank Reed0000012
Team Totals27262796.3162661.52240
Opponents Totals36353697.2132356.50290
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Tim Mazzetti131681.30/07/76/90/00/0
Fred Steinfort31030.00/01/21/51/30/0
Team Totals162661.50/08/97/141/30/0
Opponents Totals132356.53/34/54/62/90/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Bubba Bean1937073.725t3
Haskel Stanback1885883.1265
Ricky Patton682063.0151
Ray Strong30993.3142
Steve Bartkowski33601.882
Mike Esposito7213.070
Dennis Pearson111.010
June Jones10-3-0.3170
George Franklin1-8-8.0-80
Wallace Francis2-11-5.5-50
Team Totals53316603.12613
Opponents Totals57820673.673t21
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve Bartkowski36918750.716424896.713.371102.7184.939349214061.1
June Jones793443.0413945.011.638t11.345.11713226241.9
Bubba Bean100.0000.000.01100.00000.0
Team Totals44922149.220528836.413.071112.4235.156481240256.7
Opponents Totals44421548.421727896.313.071t112.5122.747425236465.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Wallace Francis4569515.454t3
Billy Ryckman4567915.159t2
Jim Mitchell3236611.4242
Bubba Bean312096.738t1
Alfred Jackson2652620.2712
Haskel Stanback121089.0200
Ricky Patton10909.0321
Ray Strong7568.0210
Dennis Pearson57114.2230
Mike Esposito3103.340
Alfred Jenkins22814.0220
Jim Wright22613.0180
George Franklin11919.0190
Team Totals221288313.07111
Opponents Totals215278913.071t11
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Rolland Lawrence67612.7440
Rick Byas23718.5320
Frank Reed13838.0380
Wilson Faumuina177.070
Ray Easterling111.010
Tom Pridemore100.000
Team Totals1215913.3440
Opponents Totals2325211.0462
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
John James109422738.8571924305374234.0
Team Totals110422738.4571924305374234.0
Opponents Totals108395836.6635922345343331.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Billy Ryckman28182278.1380
Alfred Jackson116898.1320
Rick Byas20126.0120
Rolland Lawrence111717.0170
Bob Glazebrook0100
Team Totals42263458.2380
Opponents Totals54203055.7210
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Dennis Pearson2566226.5100t1
George Franklin1125823.5330
Alfred Jackson1122520.5300
Tom Pridemore47117.8200
Ray Strong35016.7230
Jim Wright23115.5160
Edgar Fields22110.5200
Jim Mitchell11414.0140
Team Totals59133222.6100t1
Opponents Totals49114123.3600
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jim Bailey0001100
Steve Bartkowski7303-90
Bubba Bean740400
Greg Brezina0001100
Warren Bryant0010100
Rick Byas0002200
Mike Esposito0001100
Wallace Francis0010100
George Franklin110100
Bob Glazebrook0010100
Claude Humphrey0001100
Alfred Jackson300000
June Jones4000-120
Mike Kenn0020200
Fulton Kuykendall0001100
Rolland Lawrence1022160
Mike Lewis0001100
Ron McCartney0001100
Dewey McClain0004400
Phil McKinnely0010100
Jim Mitchell2101100
Ralph Ortega0001100
Ricky Patton600000
Robert Pennywell0002200
Tom Pridemore00123-70
Frank Reed00055130
Billy Ryckman420200
Dave Scott0020200
Haskel Stanback500000
Ray Strong100000
R.C. Thielemann0020200
Team Totals4119222547110
Opponents Totals46251718350
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