1991 Atlanta Falcons season
|1991 Atlanta Falcons season|
|Head coach||Jerry Glanville|
|Home field||Fulton County Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff|
The 1991 Atlanta Falcons season was the team's 26th season in the National Football League (NFL). It was also the final season they played at Fulton County Stadium, before moving into the Georgia Dome the following year. The season would be the most successful Atlanta compiled in almost a decade, with the team recording a winning record for the first time in eight years. Additionally, 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 Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL draft. Head 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.
|1991 Atlanta Falcons draft|
|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|
|8||199||Randy Austin||Tight end||UCLA|
|9||226||Ernie Logan||Defensive tackle||East Carolina|
|10||256||Walter Sutton||Wide receiver||Southwest Minnesota State|
|11||258||Pete Lucas||Offensive tackle||Wisconsin–Stevens Point|
|11||283||Joe Sims||Offensive tackle||Nebraska|
|12||310||Bob Christian||Running back||Northwestern|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1991 Atlanta Falcons staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1991 Atlanta Falcons roster|
|Quarterbacks|| Tight ends
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|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|| |
|(3) New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||.688||341||211||W2|
|(6) Atlanta Falcons||10||6||0||.625||361||338||L1|
|San Francisco 49ers||10||6||0||.625||393||239||W6|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||13||0||.188||234||390||L10|
Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams
at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- Date: Sunday, October 27
- Game time: 1:00 p.m.
- Game weather: 71°F, wind 10 mph
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NFC Wild Card Game
- Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. CST
- Game weather: Played indoors, domed stadium
- Game attendance: 68,794
- Referee: Howard Roe
- TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf
</div> 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
- Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
- Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., heavy rain with strong winds
- Game attendance: 55,181
- Referee: Red Cashion
- TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts
</div> 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. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
- D'Amato, Gary (2005-10-24). "Trading places". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
- "1991 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "1991 Atlanta Falcons starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.