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1997 Atlanta Falcons season

1997 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Dan Reeves
Home field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1996 1998 >

The 1997 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League (NFL).

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1997 NFL draft
1997 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Michael Booker  Cornerback Nebraska
2 32 Nathan Davis  Defensive end Indiana
2 41 Byron Hanspard  Running back Texas Tech
3 70 O. J. Santiago  Tight end Kent State
4 100 Henri Crockett  Linebacker Florida State
5 133 Marcus Wimberly  Defensive back Miami (FL)
6 180 Calvin Collins  Guard Texas A&M
7 204 Tony Graziani  Quarterback Oregon
7 222 Chris Bayne  Safety Fresno State
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1997 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • President – Taylor Smith
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Dan Reeves
  • Director of Player Personnel/College – Reed Johnson
  • Director of Player Personnel/Pro – Chuck Connor
  • Assistant to Head Coach/Pro Personnel – Marvin Bass

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Dan Reeves
  • Assistant Head Coach – Rich Brooks
  • Assistant Head Coach/Football Operations – Harold Richardson

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Miller
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Tim Jorgensen

Roster

1997 Atlanta Falcons roster
Quarterbacks

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Tight ends

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Defensive linemen

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Defensive backs

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Rookies in italics

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 August 31 at Detroit Lions L 17–28 0–1 Pontiac Silverdome
61,244
2 September 7 Carolina Panthers L 6–9 0–2 Georgia Dome
51,829
3 September 14 Oakland Raiders L 31–36 0–3 Georgia Dome
47,922
4 September 21 at San Francisco 49ers L 7–34 0–4 3Com Park
60,404
5 September 28 Denver Broncos L 21–29 0–5 Georgia Dome
48,211
6 Bye
7 October 12 at New Orleans Saints W 23–17 1–5 Louisiana Superdome
65,619
8 October 19 San Francisco 49ers L 28–35 1–6 Georgia Dome
53,378
9 October 26 at Carolina Panthers L 12–21 1–7 Ericsson Stadium
54,675
10 November 2 St. Louis Rams W 34–31 2–7 Georgia Dome
36,583
11 November 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–31 2–8 Georgia Dome
46,018
12 November 16 at St. Louis Rams W 27–21 3–8 Trans World Dome
64,299
13 November 23 New Orleans Saints W 20–3 4–8 Georgia Dome
48,620
14 November 30 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–17 5–8 Kingdome
52,584
15 December 7 at San Diego Chargers W 14–3 6–8 Qualcomm Stadium
46,317
16 December 14 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17 7–8 Georgia Dome
42,866
17 December 21 at Arizona Cardinals L 26–29 7–9 Sun Devil Stadium
32,003

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 375 265 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 265 314 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 320 361 L1
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 237 327 L1
St. Louis Rams 5 11 0 .313 299 359 W1

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References

  1. ^ "1997 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1997 Atlanta Falcons starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 290

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