2014 Atlanta Falcons Season
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2014 Atlanta Falcons Season
2014 Atlanta Falcons season
OwnerArthur Blank
Head coachMike Smith
General managerThomas Dimitroff
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Results
Record6-10
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR/RS Devin Hester
WR Julio Jones
QB Matt Ryan

The 2014 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and the seventh under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons were defeated by the Carolina Panthers in week 17, officially eliminating them from postseason contention for the second straight year.[1] As a result, head coach Mike Smith was fired after his seventh year as coach, after two straight years with a losing record.[2]

The 2014 Atlanta Falcons were featured on the HBO documentary series Hard Knocks.[3]

2014 draft class

  • Note: The Falcons traded their sixth- (No. 182 overall) and original seventh- (No. 220 overall) round selections to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' fifth-round selection (No. 168 overall).

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Miami Dolphins W 16-10 1-0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 16 at Houston Texans L 7-32 1-1 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Tennessee Titans L 17-24 1-2 Georgia Dome Recap
4 August 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24-14 2-2 EverBank Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 New Orleans Saints W 37-34 (OT) 1-0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 September 14 at Cincinnati Bengals L 10-24 1-1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 56-14 2-1 Georgia Dome Recap
4 September 28 at Minnesota Vikings L 28-41 2-2 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at New York Giants L 20-30 2-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 12 Chicago Bears L 13-27 2-4 Georgia Dome Recap
7 October 19 at Baltimore Ravens L 7-29 2-5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
8 October 26 Detroit Lions L 21-22 2-6 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
9 Bye
10 November 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27-17 3-6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 November 16 at Carolina Panthers W 19-17 4-6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 23 Cleveland Browns L 24-26 4-7 Georgia Dome Recap
13 November 30 Arizona Cardinals W 29-18 5-7 Georgia Dome Recap
14 December 8 at Green Bay Packers L 37-43 5-8 Lambeau Field Recap
15 December 14 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20-27 5-9 Georgia Dome Recap
16 December 21 at New Orleans Saints W 30-14 6-9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 December 28 Carolina Panthers L 3-34 6-10 Georgia Dome Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In this game, Devin Hester would break Deion Sanders's all-time record for punt/kick returns for touchdowns, with 20.[4]

Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 5: at New York Giants

Week 6: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 7: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 8: vs. Detroit Lions

NFL International Series

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers

Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers

Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Falcons were the only NFC South team to lose to all of their AFC North opponents

Week 16: at New Orleans Saints

With the win, the Falcons swept the Saints for the 1st time since 2005 and eliminated their opponent from postseason contention.

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers

Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4)Carolina Panthers 7 8 1 .469 4-2 6-6 339 374 W4
7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 401 424 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 5-1 6-6 381 417 L1
2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 277 410 L6

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5-1 10-2 .525 .513 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 .482 .440 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 8-4 .445 .422 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4-2 6-6 .490 .357 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 .523 .477 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 .471 .392 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4-2 6-6 .490 .416 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 .527 .508 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .486 .415 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1-5 6-6 .475 .308 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .512 .323 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5-1 6-6 .482 .380 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .531 .427 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .529 .338 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2-4 2-10 .496 .422 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 .486 .469 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1-3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14-6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20-9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30-20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37-27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Use of artificial crowd noise

Shortly after the end of the post-season the Falcons were investigated by the League for piping artificial crowd noise during opponent's offensive snaps at home games during the 2013 season and the 2014 season.[7] Team owner Arthur Blank stated that he was "angry and embarrassed" about the allegations, and has allegedly acknowledged the validity of the accusations, stating "I think what we've done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong", and promising to cooperate fully with the investigation.[8] The NFL fined the Falcons $350,000 and took away a fifth round draft pick in the 2016 draft as punishment.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12091459/atlanta-falcons-fire-mike-smith
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000399881/article/devin-hesters-recordbreaking-return-td-is-best-of-week-3
  5. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Falcons under NFL investigation for fake crowd noise at Georgia Dome: report". New York Daily News. 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ Jay Busbee (3 February 2015). "Falcons' Arthur Blank on crowd noise: 'What we've done ... is wrong'". Yahoo! Sports.
  9. ^ "Atlanta Falcons lose 2016 draft pick, fined $350,000 by NFL for Noisegate". Alabama Living. 30 March 2015.

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