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1989 Atlanta Falcons season

1989 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Marion Campbell
Jim Hanifan
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Record 3–13
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1989 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcon's 24th season. The Falcons drafted Deion Sanders with their first round pick in the NFL Draft. Marion Campbell retired after the twelfth game of the season.[1]

Despite having Sanders in their defensive backfield, the Falcons surrendered 7.59 yards per pass attempt (including quarterback sacks) in 1989, one of the ten worst totals in NFL history.[2]

The latter part of the season was marred by two tragedies. On November 24, rookie offensive tackle Ralph Norwood was killed in an automobile accident eight miles from the Falcons' training facilities.[3] Just under a month later, on December 19, backup tight end Brad Beckman was also killed in an auto accident.[4]


NFL Draft

Main article: 1989 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 5 Deion Sanders Defensive Back Florida State

Regular season

No wide receiver picked in the first round in the 1980s caught more passes in their rookie year than Shawn Collins (58 receptions).


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Los Angeles Rams L 31-21
2 September 17, 1989 Dallas Cowboys W 27-21
3 September 24, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts L 13-9
4 October 1, 1989 at Green Bay Packers L 23-21
5 October 8, 1989 at Los Angeles Rams L 26-14
6 October 15, 1989 New England Patriots W 16-15
7 October 22, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals L 34-20
8 October 29, 1989 at New Orleans Saints L 20-13
9 November 5, 1989 Buffalo Bills W 30-28
10 November 12, 1989 at San Francisco 49ers L 45-3
11 November 19, 1989 New Orleans Saints L 26-17
12 November 26, 1989 at New York Jets L 27-7
13 December 3, 1989 San Francisco 49ers L 23-10
14 December 10, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 43-17
15 December 17, 1989 Washington Redskins L 31-30
16 December 24, 1989 Detroit Lions L 31-24


Awards and records

  • Shawn Collins, led all NFL rookie wide receivers in receptions (58)


The Falcons drew a franchise-low attendance of 7,792 for their finale, a 31-24 loss to the Detroit Lions on Dec. 24.[5]


External links

  • Falcons on Pro Football Reference
  • Falcons on

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