1997 Atlanta Falcons Season
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1997 Atlanta Falcons Season
1997 Atlanta Falcons season
OwnerRankin Smith (died on October 26, 1997)
Head coachDan Reeves
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Results
Record7-9
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersQB Chris Chandler
MLB Jessie Tuggle

The 1997 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League (NFL). It was their first season with new head coach Dan Reeves, who had been hired on January 21.

For the season, they added a new logo and added the numerals & socks on the road jerseys are switched from black to red. And this was also the season were they debut the authentic stitched up name and numbers on jerseys.

The season was marked with tragedy, as team owner Rankin Smith died on October 26, 1997. The following week, the team wore a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the season. The season was the last time Falcons started 0-5 until 2020.

Offseason

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

Roster

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 31 at Detroit Lions L 17-28 0-1 Pontiac Silverdome Recap
2 September 7 Carolina Panthers L 6-9 0-2 Georgia Dome Recap
3 September 14 Oakland Raiders L 31-36 0-3 Georgia Dome Recap
4 September 21 at San Francisco 49ers L 7-34 0-4 3Com Park Recap
5 September 28 Denver Broncos L 21-29 0-5 Georgia Dome Recap
6 Bye
7 October 12 at New Orleans Saints W 23-17 1-5 Louisiana Superdome Recap
8 October 19 San Francisco 49ers L 28-35 1-6 Georgia Dome Recap
9 October 26 at Carolina Panthers L 12-21 1-7 Ericsson Stadium Recap
10 November 2 St. Louis Rams W 34-31 2-7 Georgia Dome Recap
11 November 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-31 2-8 Georgia Dome Recap
12 November 16 at St. Louis Rams W 27-21 3-8 Trans World Dome Recap
13 November 23 New Orleans Saints W 20-3 4-8 Georgia Dome Recap
14 November 30 at Seattle Seahawks W 24-17 5-8 Kingdome Recap
15 December 7 at San Diego Chargers W 14-3 6-8 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 14 Philadelphia Eagles W 20-17 7-8 Georgia Dome Recap
17 December 21 at Arizona Cardinals L 26-29 7-9 Sun Devil Stadium Recap

Season summary

Week 7 at Saints

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 2013.
  2. ^ "1997 Atlanta Falcons starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 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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