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1974 Atlanta Falcons season

1974 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin (2-6)
Marion Campbell (1-5)
Home field Atlanta Stadium
Record 3-11
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season      Next season
< 1973      1975 >

The 1974 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons ninth season. After coming close to their maiden postseason appearance the previous season and finishing with a best-to-date 9-5 record despite an upset loss to the Cardinals, the Falcons traded star cornerback Ken Reaves to obtain in-demand guard Royce Smith[1] in a widely criticised move. During the strike-affected pre-season they beat the Eagles 23 to 7 in a rain-soaked match,[2] before losing to the Raiders 16 to 28.[3] Soon afterwards the Falcons lost key offensive tackle Bill Sanderman for the entire season with a slipped disc in his back.[4]

Along with a form lapse from quarterback Bob Lee and an injury to running back Dave Hampton,[5] this destroyed the Falcons’ offense. The 1974 Falcons scored 111 points with a mere twelve touchdowns, the lowest total in franchise history, and the second lowest by any team in a fourteen-game NFL season[6] after the infamous “Zero Gang” offense of the 1977 Buccaneers who were shut out six times in twelve games. Their failure to score more than seventeen points in any game has been equalled since only by the infamous offense of the 1992 Seahawks.

The Falcons sacked long-serving head coach Norman van Brocklin after being thrashed by the Miami Dolphins and having heard demands from fans to make that move.[7][8]


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance Notable events
1 September 15, 1974 Dallas Cowboys L 0-24 0-1
2 September 22, 1974 San Francisco 49ers L 10-16 0-2
3 September 29, 1974 at New Orleans Saints L 13-14 0-3
4 October 6, 1974 at New York Giants W 14-7 1-3
5 October 13, 1974 Chicago Bears W 13-10 2-3
6 October 20, 1974 New Orleans Saints L 3-13 2-4
7 October 28, 1974 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-24 2-5
8 November 3, 1974 at Miami Dolphins L 7-42 2-6
9 November 10, 1974 at Los Angeles Rams L 0-21 2-7
10 November 17, 1974 Baltimore Colts L 7-17 2-8
11 November 24, 1974 at San Francisco 49ers L 0-27 2-9
12 December 1, 1974 Los Angeles Rams L 7-30 2-10
13 December 7, 1974 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-23 2-11
14 December 15, 1974 Green Bay Packers W 10-3 3-11

Season summary

Week 4

1 234Total
Falcons 0 770 14
Giants 7 000 7



Awards and records


  • Falcons on Pro Football Reference
  • Falcons on

Atlanta Falcons

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