Who: Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski
What: NFC wild card playoff game, Eagles vs. Falcons
When: Dec. 24, 1978
Where: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Score: Falcons 14, Eagles 13
What happened: In their 13th season as an expansion franchise in Atlanta, the Falcons qualified for the playoffs for the first time … and won.
After finishing over .500 just once since beginning play in 1966, Atlanta posted a 9-7 record in the 1978 regular season. That was four games behind the Los Angeles Rams in the old NFC West but good enough to earn one of two NFC wild card berths.
Bartkowski, Atlanta’s No. 1 overall pick in the 1975 draft, had won back the starting job from June Jones early in the season and led the team to an 8-5 record as the starter. Atlanta lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the regular-season finale but still hosted a playoff game.
The Eagles brought in a stout defense and Bartkowski said he was so wrapped up in preparation that he didn’t feel