2011 Atlanta Falcons Season
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2011 Atlanta Falcons Season
2011 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachMike Smith
General managerThomas Dimitroff
OwnerArthur Blank
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Results
Record10-6
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 2-24
Pro BowlersTony Gonzalez, TE, Roddy White, WR

The 2011 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Mike Smith.

Finishing the regular season 10-6, the Falcons clinched the #5 seed in the playoffs. Atlanta's season ended quickly as they lost 24-2 to Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the opening round. The Giants would go on to defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

This is also the first time the franchise clinched consecutive playoff berths, and the first time it won ten or more games in consecutive seasons.

Offseason

Signings

Pos. Player 2010 Team Contract
DE Ray Edwards Minnesota Vikings 5 years, $27.5 million
OLB Stephen Nicholas Atlanta Falcons 5 years, $17.5 million
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons 4 years, $10.7 million

Departures

2011 NFL Draft

^[a] The Falcons acquired this seventh-round selection and a 2010 sixth-round selection in a trade that sent CB Chris Houston to the Detroit Lions.
^[b] The Falcons acquired this seventh-round selection in a trade that sent T Quinn Ojinnaka to the New England Patriots.

Preseason

Schedule

The Falcons' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 7:30 p.m. EDT Miami Dolphins L 23-28 0-1 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 19 8:00 p.m. EDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 13-15 0-2 EverBank Field FOX Recap
3 August 27 7:30 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16-34 0-3 Heinz Field Recap
4 September 1 7:30 p.m. EDT Baltimore Ravens L 7-21 0-4 Georgia Dome Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:00 p.m. EDT at Chicago Bears L 12-30 0-1 Soldier Field Fox Recap
2 September 18 8:20 p.m. EDT Philadelphia Eagles W 35-31 1-1 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
3 September 25 4:15 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13-16 1-2 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
4 October 2 4:05 p.m. EDT at Seattle Seahawks W 30-28 2-2 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
5 October 9 8:20 p.m. EDT Green Bay Packers L 14-25 2-3 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. EDT Carolina Panthers W 31-17 3-3 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
7 October 23 1:00 p.m. EDT at Detroit Lions W 23-16 4-3 Ford Field Fox Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. EST at Indianapolis Colts W 31-7 5-3 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 13 1:00 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints L 23-26 (OT) 5-4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
11 November 20 4:15 p.m. EST[1] Tennessee Titans W 23-17 6-4 Georgia Dome CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. EST Minnesota Vikings W 24-14 7-4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. EST at Houston Texans L 10-17 7-5 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 1:00 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers W 31-23 8-5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 15 8:20 p.m. EST Jacksonville Jaguars W 41-14 9-5 Georgia Dome NFLN[a] Recap
16 December 26 8:30 p.m. EST at New Orleans Saints L 16-45 9-6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome ESPN[b] Recap
17 January 1 4:15 p.m. EST[2] Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 45-24 10-6 Georgia Dome Fox Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on WATL-TV.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on WSB-TV.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Chicago Bears

The Falcons started their season out on the road against the Bears. With the loss, the team fell to 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

For the regular season opener at home, the Falcons faced the Eagles. The win improved the team to 1-1 and also helped Starting QB Matt Ryan improve to 4-0 as a regular season starter during home openers.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 1-2.

Week 4: at Seattle Seahawks

With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-2.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers

The Falcons went home for a week 5 duel with the undefeated Packers. This would be a rematch of last year's NFC Divisional Round. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 2-3.

Week 6: vs. Carolina Panthers

With their 3rd-straight win over the Panthers, the Falcons improved to 3-3.

Week 7: at Detroit Lions

With the win, the Falcons went into their bye week at 4-3.

Week 9: at Indianapolis Colts

With the win, the Falcons improved to 5-3 and went 2-13 overall against the Colts.

Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 5-4.

Week 11: vs. Tennessee Titans

With the win, the Falcons improved to 6-4.

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings

With the win, the Falcons improved to 7-4.

Week 13: at Houston Texans

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 7-5.

Week 14: at Carolina Panthers

With the win, the Falcons improved to 8-5.

Week 15: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Falcons improved to 9-5.

Week 16: at New Orleans Saints

With the loss, the Falcons fell to 9-6, but were able to clinch a playoff spot due to the Chicago Bears 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the win, the Falcons finished the season at 10-6 and captured the NFC's #5 seed.

Standings

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3)New Orleans Saints 13 3 0 .813 5-1 9-3 547 339 W8
(5)Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 402 350 W1
Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 2-4 3-9 406 427 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 307 494 L10

Postseason

Schedule

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 8, 2012 1:00 p.m. EST at New York Giants (4) L 2-24 0-1 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap

Game summaries

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #4 New York Giants

The Falcons lost their Wild Card round playoff game to the New York Giants on January 8, 2012, by a score of 24-2. It is the first time in NFL playoff history that a team has scored exactly two points. The previous NFL team to score only a safety in a game was the 1993 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.

Staff

Final roster

References

  1. ^ a b Adams, Jay. "Falcons-Titans game flexed". atlantafalcons.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-10. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b Adams, Jay. "Falcons-Bucs Game 'Flexed' to 4:15 Kick". atlantafalcons.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved .

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