Week 1, 1987

played in New Orleans, LA

95 degrees, stormy, 13 mph wind

Atlanta Falcons73100-20
New Orleans Saints0000-0

Scoring Summary
1Q: 09:08 ATL - Newton Williams 4 run (Max Zendejas extra point)
2Q: 14:55 ATL - Max Zendejas 34 field goal
3Q: 11:12 ATL - Randy Trautman 20 interception return (Max Zendejas extra point)
3Q: 00:16 ATL - Max Zendejas 31 field goal

Team StatisticsATLNOS
Record1-00-1
First Downs1711
- by Rushing42
- by Passing129
- by Penalty10
Total Net Yards296240
- Offensive Plays7471
- Yards per Play4.003.38
Net Rushing Yards9844
- Rushing Attempts3715
- Yards per Rush2.652.93
Net Passing Yards198196
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt35 - 20 - 155 - 23 - 1
- Gross Passing Yards205206
- Sacks/Yards Lost2/71/10
- Yards per Pass Play5.353.50
Fumbles/Lost2/00/0
3rd Down Conversions7/182/18
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down7.49.1
4th Down Conversions0/03/6
Penalties/Yards0/05/44
Punt Returns/Yards4/424/16
Kick Returns/Yards0/01/18
Interception Ret./Yards1/201/0
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits42
- Red Zone TDs/FGs1/20/0
Avg. Drive StartOWN 24OWN 25
Time of Possession35:5024:10

Drive Charts

Atlanta Falcons
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:006:02OWN 251275Touchdown
14:404:53OWN 35948Field Goal
212:102:49OWN 4730Interception
28:534:24OWN 241374Missed FG
22:181:11OWN 3533Punt
20:130:13OWN 41-2Half
312:561:30OWN 3338Punt
38:511:51OWN 139Punt
35:205:12OWN 351151Field Goal
413:031:44OWN 3932Punt
47:402:23OWN 133Punt
43:381:17OWN 1336Punt
41:511:49OPP 363-6Punt
New Orleans Saints
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
18:584:18OWN 23749Missed FG
214:472:37OWN 25617Punt
29:210:28OPP 424-15Punt
24:292:11OWN 9419Punt
21:070:54OWN 24623Punt
315:002:04OWN 2539Punt
311:260:25OWN 930Interception
311:012:10OWN 2536Punt
37:001:40OWN 283-10Punt
30:082:05OWN 25510Punt
411:193:39OWN 201579Downs
45:171:39OPP 46833Downs
42:210:30OWN 3640Downs
40:020:02OWN 110Game

Game MVP: Randy Trautman, Atlanta Falcons

Rushing Statistics

AtlantaAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
RB Newton Williams16382.381221
RB Rod Bernstine15503.332010
QB Rich Gannon393.00500
QB Randy Essington2-3-1.50-100
RB Jewerl Thomas144.00400
New OrleansAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
RB Earnest Byner9232.56700
RB Butch Woolfork362.00400
QB John Elway2115.501110
WR Chester Cooper144.00400

Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Rich Gannon19121230/0030159.7
Randy Essington168822/7036065.1
New OrleansAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
John Elway55232061/10028145.0

Receiving Statistics

AtlantaCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Willis Adams696310.5011300
WR Ernest Givins57285.602110
RB Jewerl Thomas33248.000130
TE Tom Mullady285025.0033360
RB Rod Bernstine23178.509110
TE Doug Marsh131010.003100
WR Calvin Muhammad111313.0010130
RB Newton Williams0100.00000
New OrleansCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
RB Earnest Byner713578.1449240
WR Haywood Jeffires6137813.0015230
TE Chris Combs58265.200160
WR Chester Cooper4134611.5017280
FB Patrick Shepard11-1-1.000-10
RB Butch Woolfork0200.00000
TE Tony Hunter0100.00000
TE Mark Bavaro0100.00000
WR James Maness0300.00000

Interception Statistics

AtlantaIntsYardsAvgTD
DT Randy Trautman12020.001
New OrleansIntsYardsAvgTD
OLB Darryl Talley100.000

Fumble Statistics

AtlantaFumbRecovForceTD
RB Jewerl Thomas1000
RB Rod Bernstine1000
G Joe Milinichik0100
QB Rich Gannon0100
New OrleansFumbRecovForceTD
S Chris Williams0010
DT Warren Lyles0010

Punting Statistics

AtlantaPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Harry Newsome731745.343.0534
New OrleansPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Mike Hubach838948.643.4685

Kicking Statistics

AtlantaFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Max Zendejas2/30/00/0342/2
New OrleansFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Rex Robinson0/10/10/000/0

Punt Return Statistics

AtlantaRetYardsAvgTD
Terry Taylor44210.50
New OrleansRetYardsAvgTD
Kenny Randle4164.00

Kick Return Statistics

AtlantaRetYardsAvgTD
New OrleansRetYardsAvgTD
Roland James11818.00

Defensive Statistics

AtlantaTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
CB Terry Taylor700.01554
DT Tim Newton410.51443
ILB Niko Noga420.01235
OLB Mike Merriweather400.0736
OLB Brian Noble400.01443
S Perry Williams320.01554
CB Herb Welch320.0933
S Scott Woerner220.01340
CB Patrick Hunter210.01236
DE Rick Bryan100.51555
CB Steve Brown110.0427
DE Keith Guthrie110.01128
DT Gerald Nichols110.0426
DT Randy Trautman100.01243
WR Ernest Givins10---------
S Nelson Jones100.0216
OLB Matt Monger010.0313
New OrleansTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
S Ken Stills830.03532
S Roland James620.03423
OLB Seth Joyner530.03736
DT Dave Puzzuoli500.02429
DT Warren Lyles411.01714
ILB Karl Mecklenburg450.03220
CB Ernest Gibson410.03229
CB Jeff Sanchez400.03637
DE Doug Reed331.03227
S Chris Williams300.0516
DT Lester Hancock210.01514
OLB Darryl Talley200.01824
CB Carl Lee200.0710
DT Donald Chumley120.01820
CB Ricky Smith100.01713
DE Byron Darby100.01417
ILB Sam Anno100.0516
OLB Calvin Daniels010.01012

Pass Rush Statistics

AtlantaSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DE Rick Bryan0.506355
DT Tim Newton0.500043
DT Randy Trautman0.011043
DE Jim Reynosa0.011019
DE Keith Guthrie0.003028
OLB Mike Merriweather0.001036
DT Gerald Nichols0.001026
New OrleansSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DT Warren Lyles1.000014
DE Doug Reed1.000027
OLB Calvin Daniels0.011012
DT Donald Chumley0.011020
DT Dave Puzzuoli0.010029
DE Byron Darby0.001017

Pass Defense Statistics

AtlantaCaughtDefnsdIntrcpPPlay
CB Terry Taylor52054
OLB Mike Merriweather40036
OLB Brian Noble30043
S Perry Williams22054
ILB Niko Noga22035
CB Herb Welch21033
CB Patrick Hunter21036
DT Tim Newton20043
S Nelson Jones11016
CB Steve Brown02027
S Scott Woerner01040
DE Rick Bryan01055
DT Randy Trautman00143
New OrleansCaughtDefnsdIntrcpPPlay
S Ken Stills40032
S Roland James31023
CB Ernest Gibson30029
S Chris Williams20016
ILB Karl Mecklenburg20020
CB Jeff Sanchez20037
OLB Seth Joyner11036
CB Ricky Smith10013
DT Dave Puzzuoli10029
CB Carl Lee10010
OLB Darryl Talley01124

Blocking Statistics

AtlantaKeyBlBlOppPancRPlySckAPPly
G Roy Foster310037037
C Tony Berryhill34037137
G Joe Milinichik19037037
T Don Sommer15037037
T Dave Piepkorn03037137
TE Doug Marsh01016018
New OrleansKeyBlBlOppPancRPlySckAPPly
G Cameron Augustyniak14015056
G Kurt Peterson13015056
TE Chris Combs11015055
C Paul Tabor02015056
T Dean Miraldi02015056
TE Mark Bavaro010309
T Tootie Robbins00015156

Special Teams Tackles

AtlantaTacklesSTPlays
Steve Brown221
Jon Embree124
Rick Bryan113
Dave Piepkorn110
New OrleansTacklesSTPlays
Patrick Shepard122
Earnest Byner115
Paul Tabor19
Tim Green19

Participation

AtlantaRPlyOffPPlyOffRPlyDefPPlyDefSTPlyTotal Plays
G Roy Foster3737------1084
T Dave Piepkorn3737------1084
G Joe Milinichik3737------1084
T Don Sommer3737------1084
DE Rick Bryan------15551383
CB Terry Taylor------15541079
C Tony Berryhill3737---------74
S Perry Williams------1554271
WR Willis Adams3334---------67
WR Ernest Givins3234------167
TE Tom Mullady3133---------64
DT Randy Trautman------1243863
DT Tim Newton------1443158
OLB Brian Noble------1443158
ILB Niko Noga------12351057
S Scott Woerner------1340356
CB Herb Welch------9331254
CB Steve Brown------4272152
CB Patrick Hunter------1236149
RB Rod Bernstine1712------1645
OLB Mike Merriweather------736144
WR Calvin Muhammad2214------642
DE Keith Guthrie------1128140
QB Randy Essington1918---------37
FB Mickey Merrifield911------1737
QB Rich Gannon1819---------37
OLB Jim Haslett------1132135
TE Doug Marsh1618---------34
RB Newton Williams1715---------32
TE Jon Embree43------2431
DT Gerald Nichols------426131
S Nelson Jones------2161230
DE Jim Reynosa------119828
WR Frankie Neal11------1719
OLB Matt Monger------313---16
RB Jewerl Thomas310---------13
P Harry Newsome00------1010
C Tyler Lusk00------1010
K Max Zendejas00------88
DT Pat Swoopes------02---2
OLB Rydell Malancon------10---1
G Rich Rosen00---------0
G DeAndre Jamison00---------0
T Scott Bergold00---------0
T Bob Riley00---------0
OLB Alex Gordon------00---0
New OrleansRPlyOffPPlyOffRPlyDefPPlyDefSTPlyTotal Plays
TE Chris Combs1555------2292
C Paul Tabor1556------980
RB Earnest Byner1249------1576
CB Jeff Sanchez------3637376
OLB Seth Joyner------3736275
G Kurt Peterson1556---------71
T Dean Miraldi1556---------71
G Cameron Augustyniak1556---------71
T Tootie Robbins1556---------71
QB John Elway1556---------71
S Ken Stills------3532269
WR Haywood Jeffires1551---------66
OLB Darryl Talley------18242264
CB Ernest Gibson------3229263
S Roland James------3423562
DE Doug Reed------3227362
DT Dave Puzzuoli------2429861
WR James Maness1242---------54
WR Chester Cooper1030------1353
ILB Karl Mecklenburg------3220---52
DE Jason Buck------1917743
CB Ricky Smith------17131040
DT Donald Chumley------1820139
FB Patrick Shepard115------2238
S Chris Williams------5161637
ILB Sam Anno------5161536
DE Byron Darby------1417334
DT Warren Lyles------1714233
DT Lester Hancock------1514332
CB Carl Lee------7101330
TE Tony Hunter420---------24
OLB Calvin Daniels------1012123
WR Kenny Randle01------1415
TE Mark Bavaro39------113
OLB Tim Green------01910
P Mike Hubach00------99
C Joshua George00------99
RB Butch Woolfork36---------9
T Gary Kowalski00------99
T Brian Blados00------99
G Jeff Bregel00------99
RB Freeman McNeil01------56
K Rex Robinson00------22
WR Steve Tasker01---------1
C Jeff Toews00---------0
QB Rusty Hilger00---------0

Directional Rushing Statistics

DistanceAttYardsAvg
Left1280.7
Middle17704.1
Right6233.8
None2-3-1.5
DistanceAttYardsAvg
Left7111.6
Middle7273.9
Right166.0
None000.0

Detailed Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCmp20+BdThDropDfnsHurrKnckIntc
Rich Gannon19121022101
Randy Essington1681211200
New OrleansAttCmp20+BdThDropDfnsHurrKnckIntc
John Elway5523412131331

Directional Passing Statistics

DistanceAttCompYardsAvg
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Short (0-8 Yds)168694.3
Medium (9-18 Yds)74375.3
Long (19+ Yds)424411.0
DistanceAttCompYardsAvg
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Short (0-8 Yds)199382.0
Medium (9-18 Yds)197934.9
Long (19+ Yds)41235.8

Detailed Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargtCaugtDropdYards20+PPlay
WR Willis Adams96163134
TE Tom Mullady82150133
WR Ernest Givins75028034
RB Jewerl Thomas33024010
TE Doug Marsh31110018
RB Rod Bernstine32017012
WR Calvin Muhammad11013014
RB Newton Williams1000015
New OrleansTargtCaugtDropdYards20+PPlay
WR Chester Cooper134046130
RB Earnest Byner137057249
WR Haywood Jeffires136178151
TE Chris Combs85026055
WR James Maness3010042
RB Butch Woolfork200006
TE Tony Hunter1000020
FB Patrick Shepard110-1015
TE Mark Bavaro100009

Red-Zone Rushing Statistics

AtlantaAttYardsAvgOverall Avg
RB Newton Williams231.502.38
RB Rod Bernstine242.003.33
New OrleansAttYardsAvgOverall Avg

Red-Zone Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompYardsAvg/AttOverall Avg
Randy Essington5120.405.13
Rich Gannon1000.006.47
New OrleansAttCompYardsAvg/AttOverall Avg
John Elway8381.003.75

Red-Zone Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargetCatchYardsAvg/TargOverall Avg
TE Tom Mullady3000.006.25
WR Willis Adams2121.007.00
WR Ernest Givins1000.004.00
New OrleansTargetCatchYardsAvg/TargOverall Avg
RB Earnest Byner21-2-1.004.38
WR James Maness2000.000.00
WR Haywood Jeffires2173.506.00
TE Chris Combs1133.003.25
RB Butch Woolfork1000.000.00

Third Down Rushing Statistics

AtlantaRushesConversions
RB Jewerl Thomas10
RB Newton Williams10
QB Randy Essington10
QB Rich Gannon10
RB Rod Bernstine11
New OrleansRushesConversions
QB John Elway20
RB Earnest Byner11

Third Down Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompConversions
Randy Essington741
Rich Gannon655
New OrleansAttCompConversions
John Elway1561

Third Down Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargCatchConversions
WR Willis Adams321
RB Jewerl Thomas332
WR Ernest Givins321
TE Tom Mullady211
WR Calvin Muhammad111
RB Rod Bernstine100
New OrleansTargCatchConversions
RB Earnest Byner520
WR Chester Cooper410
WR Haywood Jeffires321
TE Chris Combs210
WR James Maness100

SectionAttendance
Stadium50,300 (70,000 capacity)
Upper Deck15,100 (21,400)
End Zone10,300 (15,400)
Mezzanine6,400 (8,900)
Sideline Seats9,900 (13,600)
Club Seats5,600 (7,400)
Luxury Boxes3,000 (3,300)