1981 Atlanta Falcons season
OwnerRankin M. Smith Sr.
Head coachLeeman Bennett
General managerEddie LeBaron
Home fieldFulton County Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1981 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons' 16th season. The Falcons got off to a solid 3-0 start, but lost three key starters for the season in a 34-17 win at Fulton County Stadium over the San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons would go on to finish the season with a 7-9 record, losing seven games by five points or less, thus missing the playoffs for the first time since 1979.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1981 NFL Draft

1981 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Bobby Butler  Cornerback Florida State
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1981 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Roster

1981 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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6 New Orleans Saints W 27–0
57,406
2 September 13 at Green Bay Packers W 31–17
55,382
3 September 20 San Francisco 49ers W 34–17
56,653
4 September 27 at Cleveland Browns L 28–17
78,283
5 October 5 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–13
71,488
6 October 11 Los Angeles Rams L 37–35
57,841
7 October 18 St. Louis Cardinals W 41–20
51,428
8 October 25 New York Giants L 27–24
48,410
9 November 1 at New Orleans Saints W 41–10
63,637
10 November 8 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–14
59,127
11 November 15 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–20
57,485
12 November 23 Minnesota Vikings W 31–30
54,086
13 November 29 at Houston Oilers W 31–27
40,201
14 December 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–23
69,221
15 December 14 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–16
57,054
16 December 20, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals L 30–28
35,972

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 13 3 0 .857 5–1 11–1 357 250 W5
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 426 355 L3
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 303 351 L1
New Orleans Saints 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 207 378 L4

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ "1981 Atlanta Falcons draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 98