2011 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Mike Smith
Home Field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 10-6
Place 2nd NFC South
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 2–24
Pro Bowlers Tony Gonzalez, TE
Timeline
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2010 2012

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.

This is the first time the franchise clinched consecutive playoff berths, and the first time it has won 10 or more games in consecutive seasons. For the second straight year, the Falcons did not lose two consecutive regular season games.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Signed LE Ray Edwards to a 5 year deal

Cut WR Michael Jenkins and LE Jamaal Anderson

2011 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 6 Julio Jones Wide Receiver Alabama
3 91 Akeem Dent Inside Linebacker Georgia
5 158 Jacquizz Rogers Running Back Oregon State
6 192 Matt Bosher Punter Miami (FL)
7 210 [a] Andrew Jackson Offensive Guard Fresno State
7 230 [b] Cliff Matthews Defensive End South Carolina
^[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[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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

Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
August 12 Miami L 23–28 0–1 Georgia Dome Recap
August 19 at Jacksonville L 13–15 0–2 EverBank Field Recap
August 27 at Pittsburgh L 16–34 0–3 Heinz Field Recap
September 1 Baltimore L 7–21 0–4 Georgia Dome Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 at Chicago L 12–30 0–1 Soldier Field Recap
2 September 18 Philadelphia W 35–31 1–1 Georgia Dome Recap
3 September 25 at Tampa Bay L 13–16 1–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Seattle W 30–28 2–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
5 October 9 Green Bay L 14–25 2–3 Georgia Dome Recap
6 October 16 Carolina W 31–17 3–3 Georgia Dome Recap
7 October 23 at Detroit W 23–16 4–3 Ford Field Recap
8 Bye week
9 November 6 at Indianapolis W 31–7 5–3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
10 November 13 New Orleans L 23–26 (OT) 5–4 Georgia Dome Recap
11 November 20 Tennessee W 23–17 6–4 Georgia Dome Recap
12 November 27 Minnesota W 24–14 7–4 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 4 at Houston L 10–17 7–5 Reliant Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Carolina W 31–23 8–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 15 Jacksonville W 41–14 9–5 Georgia Dome Recap
16 December 26 at New Orleans L 16–45 9–6 M-B Superdome Recap
17 January 1 Tampa Bay W 45–24 10–6 Georgia Dome Recap
^[a] The game was simulcast locally on WATL-TV.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on WSB-TV.

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: at Chicago Bears[edit | edit source]

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 3 6 12
Bears 10 6 14 0 30

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
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Second quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 23 yard field goal, Bears 13–3.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 26 yard field goal, Bears 16–3.
Third quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 25 yard field goal, Bears 16–6.
  • CHI – Matt Spaeth 1 yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 23–6.
  • CHI – Brian Urlacher 12 yard fumble return (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 30–6.
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 31/47, 319 yards, 1 interception
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 22/32, 312 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
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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[edit | edit source]

Week Two: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 10 21 0 31
Falcons 7 7 7 14 35

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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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 games.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 0 10 13
Buccaneers 3 10 3 0 16

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan - 27/47, 330 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • TB – Josh Freeman - 22/32, 180 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
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Week 4: at Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

Week Four: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 17 3 3 30
Seahawks 0 7 14 7 28

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

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TD Tony Gonzalez 1 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 7-0

Second quarter

TD 10:13 Michael Turner 21 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 14-0

TD 08:46 Sidney Rice 52 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 14-7

TD 02:48 Michael Turner 1 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) ATL 21-7

FG 00:25 Matt Bryant 47 Yd ATL 24-7

Third quarter

FG 13:40 Matt Bryant 50 Yd ATL 27-7

TD 10:01 Mike Williams 6 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 27-14

TD 03:07 Marshawn Lynch 11 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 27-21

Fourth quarter

FG 11:38 Matt Bryant 42 Yd ATL 30-21

TD 08:13 Ben Obomanu 8 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka Kick) ATL 30-28 Template:Multicol-break

Top passers
  • ATL – M. Ryan 291 Yards
  • SEA – T. Jackson 319 Yards
Top rushers
  • ATL – M. Turner 70 Yards
  • SEA – M. Lynch 24 Yards
Top receivers
  • ATL – J. Jones 127 Yards
  • SEA – D. Baldwin 84 Yards
Top tacklers
  • ATL – W. Moore 8 Tackles
  • SEA – D. Hawthorne 10 tackles

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Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit | edit source]

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 6 9 10 25
Falcons 7 7 0 0 14

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,576
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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Week 6: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 0 17
Falcons 7 7 0 17 31

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,047
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information
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Top passers
  • CAR –
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Top rushers
  • CAR –
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Top receivers
  • CAR –
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Top tacklers
  • CAR –
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Week 7: at Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

Week Seven: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 7 3 3 23
Lions 3 3 10 0 16

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
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  • DET - Jason Hanson 43 yard field goal, Lions 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, -10 yards, 1:47.
  • ATL - Matt Bryant 23 yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 3:03.
  • ATL - Matt Ryan 1 yard run (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 10–3, 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:46.
Second quarter
  • DET - Jason Hanson 38 yard field goal, Falcons 10–6, Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:12.
  • ATL - Roddy White 18 yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 17–6, Drive: 7 plays, 81 yards, 3:05
Third quarter
  • DET - Jason Hanson 29 yard field goal, Falcons 17–9, Drive: 6 plays, 35 yards, 2:25.
  • ATL - Matt Bryant 47 yard, Falcons 20–9, Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 2;33.
  • DET - Calvin Johnson 57 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Falcons 20–16, Drive: 6 plays, 84 yards, 3:07.
Fourth quarter
  • ATL - Matt Bryant 40 yard field goal, Falcons 23–16, Drive: 9 plays, 25 yards, 4:42.

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Top passers
  • ATL - Matt Ryan - 20/34, 218, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 15/32, 183 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
  • ATL - Michael Turner - 27 carries, 122 yards
  • DET - Maurice Morris - 9 carries, 50 yards
Top receivers
  • ATL - Tony Gonzalez - 5 receptions, 62 yards
  • DET - Calvin Johnson - 5 receptions, 115 yards 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • ATL - Curtis Lofton - 5 tackles, 5 assists
  • DET - DeAndre Levy - 6 tackles, 5 assists

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Week 9: at Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 14 7 7 3 31
Colts 0 7 0 0 7

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

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  • ATL –
  • IND –
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Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 7 7 6 26
Falcons 3 3 7 10 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,359
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
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Top passers
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  • NO –
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Top tacklers
  • NO –
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Week 11: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

Week Eleven: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 3 7 7 17
Falcons 7 6 10 0 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EST[1]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 68,164
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
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Top passers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –
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  • TEN –
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Top receivers
  • TEN –
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Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • ATL –

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Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 7 14
Falcons 7 10 0 7 24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 68,115
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
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Top passers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
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Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • ATL –

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Week 13: at Houston Texans[edit | edit source]

Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 7 0 10
Texans 3 7 0 7 17

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,545
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
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Top passers
  • ATL –
  • HOU –
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  • ATL –
  • HOU –
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  • ATL –
  • HOU –
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  • ATL –
  • HOU –

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Week 14: at Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 0 10 14 31
Panthers 7 16 0 0 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 72,680
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Jim Mora, Jr. and Drea Avent
Game information
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Top passers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –

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Week 15: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

Week Fifteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 7 7 14
Falcons 10 17 14 0 41

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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  • JAC –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • JAC –
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Top receivers
  • JAC –
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Top tacklers
  • JAC –
  • ATL –

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Week 16: at New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 3 3 16
Saints 7 14 10 14 45

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 11 6 24
Falcons 21 21 0 3 45

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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Top passers
  • TB –
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  • TB –
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  • TB –
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Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • ATL –

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Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2011 NFC South standings

Postseason[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 8 at New York Giants (4) L 2–24 0–1 MetLife Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #4 New York Giants[edit | edit source]

January 8, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EST

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 2 0 0 2
Giants 0 7 10 7 24



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}} 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.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Atlanta Falcons 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit | edit source]

2011 Atlanta Falcons final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

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