PFT to look at worst moments in Falcons’ history

Minneapolis, MN-Atlanta Falcons Chris Chandler, left and Eugene Robinson, right with the NFC Championship trophy. (AJC Staff Photo/Marlene Karas)

Minneapolis, MN-Atlanta Falcons Chris Chandler, left and Eugene Robinson, right with the NFC Championship trophy. (AJC Staff Photo/Marlene Karas)

The good folks over at will be discussing the “Falcons’ worst moments in history” on PFT Live today.

Plan to focus on some of the lowest moments in franchise history.

It’s going to be pretty hard to top losing your Pro Bowl quarterback to the federal authorities in a dog-fighting investigation. However, Eugene Robinson’s night out on the town in Miami the night before the Super Bowl might be a close second.

Then you have the coach, throwing his hands up in the air and running off for Arkansas.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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July 19th, 2011
5:13 am

Dallas comeback worst in my mind


July 19th, 2011
6:25 am

With out a doubt the Super Bowl loss. We should have won and fell apart.


July 19th, 2011
6:49 am

Ernis Tbass, I was at the Dallas come back game in 1980, and the feelings were terrible. Leeman Bennett lost that game because of incompetent play calling after going ahead of the Cowboys. But I want to focus on the issue that will cause many more worst moments in the future. This particular situation is a symbol of the weakness of the current team. Let’s go back to the December New Orleans game of 2010. The Falcons have the ball on the one yard line because of a pass interference call in the end zone. On first down, Mike Mularkey calls a run to Michael Turner, and he is stopped for no gain. On second down, Mike Mularkey calls the same play again, and Michael Turner fumbles after it is obvious that he will be stopped for no gain again.. We should have scored on this drive to give us momentum into the playoffs. This team will never fulfill its potential with the predictable and conservative offensive play calling by Mike Mularkey. The philosophy is so much like the strategy used by Leeman Bennett in 1980. We will have more of the “we should have won” moments.


July 19th, 2011
7:03 am

Actually the well intentioned Robert Pennywell lost the playoff game in Dallas for us when he knocked Roger Staubach who was past his prime and playing poorly out of the game and their punter and back-up quarterback Danny White came in and with his mobility and precise passing riddled us to death.


July 19th, 2011
7:05 am

It would take a lot more than just one article to take a look at all of the lows, it would take a tome.


July 19th, 2011
7:18 am

Actually Ron and HJones those games were in the 78 and 80 seasons when both Atlanta teams were aspiring to be amongst the elite and respected. Didnt work then and to some degree, doesnt work now. The overachieving hustle group known as the “Dirty Birds” still give it 100%. However hustle and effort will only get you so far when the team on the other side of the field is far superior to you in talent, and decides (with enough time in the fourth quarter) to press the “right” buttons.
1978 Season Dallas 27 Atlanta 20
1980 Season Dallas 30 Atlanta 27.

I was there in Atlanta on that cold day in January (81) as well. Great game!

Nobis Knuckle Sandwich

July 19th, 2011
7:32 am

First kickoff in team history – wiffed.
First 1000 yard rusher in team history -stuffed for a 4 yard loss on the next play and denied 1000 yds – after the celebration.
First 50+ years of existence – no back to back winning seasons
No players in the hall of fame
Jam’s knee
The Saints win a Super Bowl before we have
Those are some of my “favorites”


July 19th, 2011
7:34 am

Worst Falcon moment? There are so many. My favorite is when Falcon running back Dave Hampton broke the 1000 yard mark on the last game of the 1973 season against the KC Chiefs. They stopped the game with less than 2 minutes left while the Falcons had a slim lead and gave Hampton a large trophy. The Falcons fumbled on the next play. Hampton recovered and was charged with a 6 yard loss and missed out on the 1000 yard year. The Falcons were forced to punt. The Chiefs kicked a field goal, won the game and knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs. The greatest moment in in Falcon history (at the time) turned into an awful punch in the stomach. A playoff trip and a 1000 yard rushing season all vanished in less than 2 minutes on a cold grey day in Fulton County stadium a few days before Christmas in 1973. Still hurts today.

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July 19th, 2011
7:39 am

Drafting Ron Mexico

Falcon Fans = WIMPS

July 19th, 2011
7:49 am

Watching year after year, droves of fair weather fans desert The Falcons, while fans in other cities, with terrible teams, stand by their city and team.


July 19th, 2011
7:50 am

I still feel the pain of that Dallas loss in 80. My inlaws were Dallas fans, watching with me, and chortled and danced around my living room while I was crushed.

I agree with HJones – Mularkey is a weaknesses, unless he can open it up with more variety and better plays and schemes. He should study that Baltimore game-plan, one of his best, if he wants to stick around. With the draft mortgage to get Jones, Mularkey will be on the hot-seat to get ‘explosiveness’ done on offense this year.


July 19th, 2011
7:54 am

Worst Falcon Moment? Firing Leeman Bennett and those god awful Dan Henning years! Yawn!

True Falcon Fan

July 19th, 2011
8:01 am

Watching Art Malone & Jim Mitchell arguing in the huddle
The Dallas game was a “Nightmare”
Watching Wm Andrews #31 go down in practice from a herrific knee injury “Career Ending”
Den Henning was a “Nightmare”
Jerry Glanville was a “Joke”
Eugene Robertson was a “Joke”
The Denver #33 SB “no surprise”
Enough said!

Falcon Fans = WIMPS

July 19th, 2011
8:03 am

Bring back Jerry Glanville, Jeff George, and the good ole days of yore. I miss tickets left for Elvis…thank yuh, uhhh thank yuh
The ownership was so progressive then.

True Falcon Fan

July 19th, 2011
8:09 am

And “YOU” what do you equal = ???? ????

Phillip Barton

July 19th, 2011
8:11 am

Seeing the team I adore and love so much getting to the Super Bowl (XXXIII) in my lifetime only to lose badly … and finding out the next morning that paying for sex was more important than playing to win the most important game in these players entire history.

It breaks your heart in so many ways.

The funny part?

Why would you pay for something most people give up freely???

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 19th, 2011
8:13 am

Name — Who is Ron Mexico? (On yeah, forgot about him!!!)

Nobis — That’s a good list

Suprised nobody has written on Petrino calling home the pigs on ESPN.

True Falcon Fan

July 19th, 2011
8:14 am

Well stated!

True Falcon Fan

July 19th, 2011
8:16 am

D-Led – Re: Petrino – “Some nightmares are not worth mentioning”!

True Falcon Fan

July 19th, 2011
8:17 am

Hey D – any rumor mill on DE – Edwards????

Phillip Barton

July 19th, 2011
8:50 am

There are some things in life so disgusting you try to forget them … ie … toe jam, your first girl that played then dumped you and of course Bobby Petrino.


July 19th, 2011
9:00 am

Yeah the Dallas comeback is the most Dagger-iffic moment ever..


July 19th, 2011
10:42 am

I remember losing to the Rams 59-0 sometime back in the pre-Leeman Bennett days.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 19th, 2011
12:46 pm

True Falcon Fan — Nothing new on Edwards to report.


July 19th, 2011
2:13 pm

The ONLY worst moment in history is the last loss…


July 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

Can a moment last from 1984 – 1990? We went 31 – 79 and were constantly thrashed and embarassed by Montana and Rice, Marion Campbell, the Aundray Bruce pick, and so on. Many of my weekends in high school and college were ruined by watching them, just hoping “Maybe they will win THIS Sunday…”

playoff loss to Dallas in '80 season, hands down worse.

July 19th, 2011
5:10 pm

That team could have and should have won the SB that season. Leeman Bennett going conservative with so much time remaining should haunt him today. Cause it sure as heck haunts us fans still.
It always makes me wonder how much more succesful the franchise would have been had we won that year.
Could the Falcons have built stronger and become the dynasty SF became shortly thereafter?
I believe the entire psyche of this organization was destroyed that day until today.
Arthur Blank, our GM, Coach Smith, Matt Ryan, et al are bringing a stability and success to this organization unlike any it has had before.
But I still get a tear when I think what could have been with our 1980 team.
At least the Dawgs held up their end that year!
That was more important anyways…college football still rules..Go Dawgs!


July 19th, 2011
5:18 pm

Lynn Cain tearing up his knee…What a backfield with him and Andrews.
William Andrews multiple indiscretions…Damn, keep it in your pants man.
Brent Cheeseburger and Phyllis George looking down Live at Atlanta-Fulton Co. stadium.
Oh what mammaries……

What were Jimmy the Greek's odds on that Dallas loss?

July 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

NFL Live on CBS was the best….what a group….they were the originals.
Brent Musberger, CCCCCCCCCCCCBBS Sppppooorrts!
The original hotties, Phyllis and the other chick.
Jeez, how many times did they get hit on during interviews?! “Hey Phyllis, can you help a brother out”?
Disgusting just thinking about it.

The original sports chick sweater...

July 19th, 2011
5:35 pm

Phyllis could fill out a sweater with the best of them….Even the wife on the second Bob Newhart show didn’t glorify sweaters the way Phyllis did!

Fly'n Falcon

July 19th, 2011
11:42 pm

I have been an Atlanta Falcons fan since they first stepped on the field. Yes, there have been many, many lows, but I stuck with the team. Now, my friends, get ready for the many, many, highs that the FALCONS will bring us as they become one of the best teams in the NFL.

Gritz Blitz's annoying cousin

July 20th, 2011
11:27 am

If we are shooting for the #1 WORST moment….drum roll please…..There is nothing worse than losing the Super Bowl, end of story!!!! D.Led, you know I’m right, right?