2017 Atlanta Falcons Season
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2017 Atlanta Falcons Season
2017 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachDan Quinn
General managerThomas Dimitroff
OwnerArthur Blank
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Stadium
Results
Record10-6
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Rams) 26-13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 10-15
Pro BowlersWR Julio Jones
C Alex Mack
LB Deion Jones
S Keanu Neal
Uniform
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The 2017 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 52nd season in the National Football League and their third under head coach Dan Quinn. They entered the season as the defending NFC champions and tried to defend their NFC title for a second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl after losing the previous year against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI after blowing a 28-3 lead. This was the Falcons' first year in Mercedes-Benz Stadium after spending the previous 25 seasons in the Georgia Dome, which was demolished on November 20, 2017. Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened as scheduled on August 26, 2017; however, its retractable roof system was incomplete. The roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium remained in the closed position for most of the 2017 season, with the roof opened only during the September 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, as contractors continue to fully mechanize the roof.[1]

On December 13, 2017, Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the Falcons, died at the age of 74.[2]

Despite the Falcons failing to improve on their 11-5 record from 2016 or defend their NFC South title, the team posted its first consecutive winning seasons, consecutive 10-win seasons, and consecutive playoff berths since the 2012 season. The Falcons were the only NFC team from the 2016 playoffs to qualify for the 2017 playoffs. In the playoffs, the Falcons defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round, but lost against the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional round.

Offseason

Signings

Position Player Age 2016 Team Contract
WR Reginald Davis III 25 Atlanta Falcons 3 years, $1.66 million
DE Jack Crawford 28 Dallas Cowboys 3 years, $8.8 million
DT Dontari Poe 26 Kansas City Chiefs 1 year, $8 million
S Kemal Ishmael 25 Atlanta Falcons 1 year, $2 million
WR Andre Roberts 29 Detroit Lions 1 year, $1.8 million
LB LaRoy Reynolds 26 Atlanta Falcons 1 year, $1.3 million
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson 27 Atlanta Falcons 1 year, $775,000
OG Hugh Thornton 25 Indianapolis Colts 1 year, $690,000

Draft

2017 Atlanta Falcons Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 26 Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
3 75 Duke Riley LB LSU
4 136 Sean Harlow G Oregon State
5 149 Damontae Kazee S San Diego State
5 156 Brian Hill RB Wyoming
5 174 Eric Saubert TE Drake

Undrafted free agents

Staff

Final roster

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Miami Dolphins L 20-23 0-1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13-17 0-2 Heinz Field Recap
3 August 26 Arizona Cardinals L 14-24 0-3 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
4 August 31 Jacksonville Jaguars L 7-13 0-4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 at Chicago Bears W 23-17 1-0 Soldier Field 61,857 Recap
2 September 17 Green Bay Packers W 34-23 2-0 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 70,826 Recap
3 September 24 at Detroit Lions W 30-26 3-0 Ford Field 63,240 Recap
4 October 1 Buffalo Bills L 17-23 3-1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,273 Recap
5 Bye
6 October 15 Miami Dolphins L 17-20 3-2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 70,593 Recap
7 October 22 at New England Patriots L 7-23 3-3 Gillette Stadium 65,878 Recap
8 October 29 at New York Jets W 25-20 4-3 MetLife Stadium 77,562 Recap
9 November 5 at Carolina Panthers L 17-20 4-4 Bank of America Stadium 74,244 Recap
10 November 12 Dallas Cowboys W 27-7 5-4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 73,761 Recap
11 November 20 at Seattle Seahawks W 34-31 6-4 CenturyLink Field 69,026 Recap
12 November 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34-20 7-4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,036 Recap
13 December 3 Minnesota Vikings L 9-14 7-5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,185 Recap
14 December 7 New Orleans Saints W 20-17 8-5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 72,866 Recap
15 December 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24-21 9-5 Raymond James Stadium 62,382 Recap
16 December 24 at New Orleans Saints L 13-23 9-6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome 73,188 Recap
17 December 31 Carolina Panthers W 22-10 10-6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 74,141 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Chicago Bears

Week 2: vs. Green Bay Packers

In their home opener, the Falcons hosted the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship Game. This was the first regular season game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Despite prior reports that the roof would be closed for the game, Falcons owner Arthur Blank elected to open the roof if weather permitted, marking the first time since the 1991 season, the team's final season at their original home of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, that the Falcons played a home game in Atlanta under open air.[3] The Falcons controlled most of the game, went up by as much as 24, and won 34-23. They were led by Devonta Freeman (19 rushes, 84 yards, 2 TD) and Julio Jones (108 yards, 5 receptions). The 2017 Falcons became only the fourth team in NFL history to start 2-0 after they lost the Super Bowl the previous year.

Week 3: at Detroit Lions

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 6: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 7: at New England Patriots

Week 8: at New York Jets

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Week 10: vs. Dallas Cowboys

In the Falcons' victory, Adrian Clayborn set a new franchise record of six sacks in one game, breaking the previous record of five sacks.

Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 13: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The win eliminated Green Bay from postseason contention.

Week 16: at New Orleans Saints

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers

Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4)New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 448 326 L1
(5)Carolina Panthers 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5 363 327 L1
(6)Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 4-2 9-3 353 315 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 335 382 W1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4-2 9-3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5-1 8-4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 7-5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1-5 5-7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1-5 3-9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0-6 1-11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams and Washington was 5-0, compared to Minnesota's 4-1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle was 2-3, compared to Washington's 1-4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ 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.

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 6, 2018 at Los Angeles Rams (3) W 26-13 1-0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
Divisional January 13, 2018 at Philadelphia Eagles (1) L 10-15 1-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#3) Los Angeles Rams

NFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles

References

  1. ^ Tucker, Tim (6 October 2017). "Plan: Stadium roof will be closed for rest of Falcons season, open for one soccer game". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Tommy Nobis, 'Mr. Falcon,' is dead at 74". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Tucker, Tim. "Falcons plan to open roof for home opener if weather cooperates". AJC. Retrieved 2017.

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