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2001 Atlanta Falcons season


2001 Atlanta Falcons season

2001 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Dan Reeves
Home field Georgia Dome
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 2001 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons 36th season. The Falcons obtained the first pick overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. With the pick, the Falcons drafted Michael Vick.[1]


Vick was selected in the 2001 NFL Draft as the first overall pick and first African American quarterback taken number 1 in the NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers had the number one selection spot in the draft that year but traded the rights to the first overall choice to the Atlanta Falcons a day before the draft, for which they received the Falcons' first round pick (5th overall) and third round pick in 2001 (used to draft CB Tay Cody), a second round pick in 2002 (used to draft WR Reche Caldwell) and WR/KR Tim Dwight.[2] With the Chargers' downgraded spot (the 5th overall), they selected Texas Christian University running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who went on to become league MVP in 2006.[3] Although Vick has never become league MVP, he finished second in voting in 2004.[4] In this way, Tomlinson and Vick are linked as having been "traded" for each other, although the transaction was actually the result of traded draft picks and contract negotiations.

NFL Draft

Main article: 2001 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Michael Vick Quarterback Virginia Tech
2 35 Alge Crumpler Tight End North Carolina
4 99 Roberto Garza Center Texas AM Kingsville
4 102 Matt Stewart Linebacker Vanderbilt
5 136 Vinny Sutherland Wide Receiver Purdue
6 167 Randy Garner Defensive End Arkansas
7 215 Corey Hall Defensive Back Appalachian State
7 219 Kynan Forney Tackle Hawaii
7 226 Ronald Flemons Defensive End Texas A & M
7 236 Quentin McCord Wide Receiver Kentucky



Regular season

This was the Falcons' 32nd and final season as a member of the NFC West Division (35, if you count its predecessor, the Coastal Division of the NFL's Western Conference prior to the 1970 merger) before moving to the new NFC South as part of the NFL's realignment plan for the following season.


Week Date Opponent Results Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 9 at San Francisco 49ers L 13–16 (OT) 0–1
2 September 23 Carolina Panthers W 24–16 1–1
3 September 30 at Arizona Cardinals W 34–14 2–1
4 October 7 Chicago Bears L 3–31 2–2
5 October 14 San Francisco 49ers L 31–37 (OT) 2–3
6 October 21 at New Orleans Saints W 20–13 3–3
7 Bye
8 November 4 New England Patriots L 10–24 3–4
9 November 11 Dallas Cowboys W 20–13 4–4
10 November 18 at Green Bay Packers W 23–20 5–4
11 November 25 at Carolina Panthers W 10–7 6–4
12 December 2 St. Louis Rams L 6–35 6–5
13 December 9 New Orleans Saints L 10–28 6–6
14 December 16 at Indianapolis Colts L 27–41 6–7
15 December 23 Buffalo Bills W 33–30 7–7
16 December 30 at Miami Dolphins L 14–21 7–8
17 January 6 at St. Louis Rams L 13–31 7–9


NFC West
St. Louis Rams 14 2 0 .875 503 273
San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 409 282
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 333 409
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 291 377
Carolina Panthers 1 15 0 .063 253 410

Awards and records



  • Falcons on Pro Football Reference
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