Conference Semifinals, 1987

played in Minnesota, MN

15 degrees, fair, 3 mph wind

Atlanta Falcons717140-38
Minnesota Vikings771414-42

Scoring Summary
1Q: 10:04 MIN - David Little 16 pass from Steve Grogan (Paul McFadden extra point)
1Q: 04:06 ATL - Jewerl Thomas 1 run (Max Zendejas extra point)
2Q: 13:24 ATL - Max Zendejas 42 field goal
2Q: 04:31 ATL - Jewerl Thomas 1 run (Max Zendejas extra point)
2Q: 02:07 MIN - Junior Tautalatasi 2 pass from Steve Grogan (Paul McFadden extra point)
2Q: 00:47 ATL - Jewerl Thomas 6 pass from Warren Moon (Max Zendejas extra point)
3Q: 04:29 ATL - Niko Noga 85 interception return (Max Zendejas extra point)
3Q: 02:04 MIN - Art Monk 22 pass from Steve Grogan (Paul McFadden extra point)
3Q: 00:32 MIN - David Little 1 pass from Steve Grogan (Paul McFadden extra point)
3Q: 00:25 ATL - Calvin Muhammad 97 kickoff return (Max Zendejas extra point)
4Q: 13:43 MIN - Tony Nathan 10 run (Paul McFadden extra point)
4Q: 08:20 MIN - Kerry Justin 15 interception return (Paul McFadden extra point)

Team StatisticsATLMIN
Record11-713-4
First Downs1927
- by Rushing1010
- by Passing913
- by Penalty04
Total Net Yards355432
- Offensive Plays6871
- Yards per Play5.226.08
Net Rushing Yards124208
- Rushing Attempts2829
- Yards per Rush4.437.17
Net Passing Yards231224
- Att./Comp./Intrcpt37 - 15 - 141 - 25 - 1
- Gross Passing Yards245229
- Sacks/Yards Lost3/141/5
- Yards per Pass Play5.785.33
Fumbles/Lost2/21/0
3rd Down Conversions5/133/13
- Avg. YtG on 3rd Down9.26.8
4th Down Conversions0/11/2
Penalties/Yards7/455/30
Punt Returns/Yards2/72/15
Kick Returns/Yards2/1241/25
Interception Ret./Yards1/851/15
2pt Conversions0/00/0
Red Zone Visits34
- Red Zone TDs/FGs3/03/0
Avg. Drive StartOWN 27OWN 36
Time of Possession27:0232:58

Drive Charts

Atlanta Falcons
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
19:535:53OWN 251175Touchdown
11:333:15OWN 7868Field Goal
28:534:30OWN 351065Touchdown
22:001:20OWN 29371Touchdown
315:000:54OWN 2536Punt
312:451:56OWN 43610Punt
38:161:16OPP 4435Missed FG
31:490:26OWN 252-4Fumble
413:530:10OWN 2015Fumble
413:371:51OWN 2530Punt
410:220:35OWN 3530Punt
48:200:11OWN 1310Interception
48:094:28OWN 25930Punt
42:330:39OWN 314-1Downs
40:060:06OWN 2010Game
Minnesota Vikings
QuarBeganPossFromPlaysYardsResult
115:005:07OWN 251075Touchdown
14:002:27OWN 25418Punt
213:184:25OWN 25747Missed FG
24:232:23OWN 25875Touchdown
20:400:40OWN 25220Half
314:061:21OWN 2238Punt
310:492:33OWN 21623Downs
37:002:43OWN 46529Interception
34:172:28OWN 25675Touchdown
31:230:58OPP 11311Touchdown
30:121:19OWN 3131Punt
413:430:06OPP 10110Touchdown
411:461:24OWN 2632Punt
49:471:27OWN 17425Punt
43:411:08OWN 2033Punt
41:541:48OPP 3030Punt

Game MVP: Steve Grogan, Minnesota Vikings

Rushing Statistics

AtlantaAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
RB Jewerl Thomas11444.001112
RB Newton Williams10292.901110
QB Warren Moon4379.251110
RB Rod Bernstine3144.67700
MinnesotaAttYardsAvgLG10+TD
RB Junior Tautalatasi16674.191330
RB Tony Nathan55010.001731
QB Steve Grogan4215.251110
RB James Brooks47017.504020

Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Warren Moon37152453/14156161.2
MinnesotaAttCompYardsSk/YdTDLGIntRate
Steve Grogan41252291/5425198.5

Receiving Statistics

AtlantaCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
TE Steve Jordan6167813.0033250
TE Tom Mullady25199.5015140
RB Jewerl Thomas22126.00061
WR Calvin Muhammad246532.5047560
WR Ernest Givins246331.5029410
WR Willis Adams1388.00080
RB Rod Bernstine0300.00000
MinnesotaCatchTargYardsAvgYACLGTD
WR Drew Hill688914.8342250
TE David Little68376.1717162
WR Art Monk46348.5023221
TE Travis Tucker46358.7518230
RB Junior Tautalatasi2552.50531
FB Santiago Erickson1433.00030
WR Reggie Langhorne131111.000110
WR Hassan Jones111515.000150

Interception Statistics

AtlantaIntsYardsAvgTD
ILB Niko Noga18585.001
MinnesotaIntsYardsAvgTD
S Kerry Justin11515.001

Fumble Statistics

AtlantaFumbRecovForceTD
QB Warren Moon1000
RB Jewerl Thomas1000
CB Patrick Hunter0010
MinnesotaFumbRecovForceTD
TE David Little1000
OLB Lester Boyd0110
DT Gerald Williams0110
WR Drew Hill0100

Punting Statistics

AtlantaPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Harry Newsome523046.039.0552
MinnesotaPuntYardsAvgNetLGIn20
Dakota Gonzalez729041.437.6502

Kicking Statistics

AtlantaFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Max Zendejas1/21/20/1425/5
MinnesotaFGs40+Yd50+YdLGPAT
Paul McFadden0/10/10/006/6

Punt Return Statistics

AtlantaRetYardsAvgTD
Terry Taylor273.50
MinnesotaRetYardsAvgTD
Reggie Langhorne2157.50

Kick Return Statistics

AtlantaRetYardsAvgTD
Calvin Muhammad212462.01
MinnesotaRetYardsAvgTD
Lyle Pickens12525.00

Defensive Statistics

AtlantaTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
CB Terry Taylor831.02942
CB Patrick Hunter710.02835
OLB Brian Noble630.02941
ILB Niko Noga510.02226
OLB Mike Merriweather500.01031
DT Tim Newton400.02032
CB Steve Brown300.01020
DT Randy Trautman210.02423
S Perry Williams210.02640
CB Herb Welch210.01811
S Nelson Jones210.02124
DT Gerald Nichols200.01227
S Larry Brewton110.036
C Tony Berryhill10---------
T Scott Bergold10---------
DE Rick Bryan020.02741
MinnesotaTackAsstSackRPlayPPlay
OLB Lester Boyd820.02425
S Kerry Justin610.02532
ILB Reggie McKenzie600.02327
OLB Ken Woodard440.01729
DT Gerald Williams331.02428
DE Robert Thompson301.02530
CB Eric Thomas310.02840
DT Todd Liebenstein240.52740
DE Mark Jerue220.52738
CB Lyle Pickens200.0310
CB Vann McElroy110.02840
CB Eugene Daniel100.01212
DE Jim Herrmann100.0412
ILB Lance Sellers100.0415
CB Maurice Douglass010.0412

Pass Rush Statistics

AtlantaSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
CB Terry Taylor1.000042
OLB Mike Merriweather0.010031
DE Rick Bryan0.001341
DT Randy Trautman0.001223
DT Tim Newton0.001032
MinnesotaSackBlockHurryKnockPPlay
DT Gerald Williams1.002028
DE Robert Thompson1.000030
DE Mark Jerue0.512038
DT Todd Liebenstein0.502040
DT Darien Hines0.010012
DE Jim Herrmann0.002012
ILB Lance Sellers0.001015

Pass Defense Statistics

AtlantaCaughtDefnsdIntrcpPPlay
CB Patrick Hunter62035
ILB Niko Noga40126
OLB Mike Merriweather40031
CB Steve Brown30020
CB Terry Taylor22042
OLB Brian Noble20041
CB Herb Welch20011
S Perry Williams10040
DT Gerald Nichols10027
MinnesotaCaughtDefnsdIntrcpPPlay
OLB Lester Boyd30025
ILB Reggie McKenzie30027
CB Vann McElroy21040
CB Lyle Pickens20010
S Kerry Justin11132
OLB Ken Woodard11029
DT Gerald Williams10028
ILB Lance Sellers10015
CB Eric Thomas10040
S Bo Metcalf01028
S Eugene Robinson01010
CB Maurice Douglass01012

Blocking Statistics

AtlantaKeyBlBlOppPancRPlySckAPPly
C Tony Berryhill37028240
G Roy Foster24028140
T Scott Bergold24028040
T Don Sommer24028040
G Joe Milinichik14028040
TE Doug Marsh010306
MinnesotaKeyBlBlOppPancRPlySckAPPly
G Raleigh McKenzie811029142
C Chuck Thomas34123041
T Steve August14029042
G Steve Wallace13029042
TE David Little11026038
T Steve Moore02029042

Special Teams Tackles

AtlantaTacklesSTPlays
Steve Brown227
Patrick Hunter113
MinnesotaTacklesSTPlays
Tony Nathan122
Reggie Langhorne120
Raleigh McKenzie17

Participation

AtlantaRPlyOffPPlyOffRPlyDefPPlyDefSTPlyTotal Plays
TE Steve Jordan2539------2892
CB Terry Taylor------2942980
CB Patrick Hunter------28351376
G Roy Foster2840------775
T Scott Bergold2840------775
G Joe Milinichik2840------775
T Don Sommer2840------775
OLB Brian Noble------2941171
DE Rick Bryan------2741169
QB Warren Moon2840---------68
C Tony Berryhill2840---------68
S Perry Williams------2640167
WR Ernest Givins2534------867
ILB Niko Noga------22261462
WR Willis Adams2534---------59
CB Steve Brown------10202757
DT Randy Trautman------2423855
DT Tim Newton------2032153
WR Calvin Muhammad1820------1452
DE Keith Guthrie------2324---47
S Nelson Jones------2124---45
OLB Mike Merriweather------1031142
CB Herb Welch------18111342
RB Rod Bernstine615------2142
DT Gerald Nichols------1227---39
FB Mickey Merrifield48------2335
OLB Jim Haslett------162633
S Scott Woerner------6101733
TE Tom Mullady1118------130
RB Jewerl Thomas1218---------30
WR Frankie Neal12------2225
DE Mark Mraz------515121
S Larry Brewton------361120
RB Newton Williams106---------16
DE Jim Reynosa------22711
TE Doug Marsh36---------9
OLB Matt Monger------36---9
K Max Zendejas00------99
P Harry Newsome00------77
C Tyler Lusk00------77
G Rich Rosen00---------0
G DeAndre Jamison00---------0
QB Randy Essington00---------0
T Dave Piepkorn00---------0
OLB Rydell Malancon------00---0
OLB Alex Gordon------00---0
MinnesotaRPlyOffPPlyOffRPlyDefPPlyDefSTPlyTotal Plays
G Steve Wallace2942------1586
CB Eric Thomas------28401482
T Steve August2942------778
G Raleigh McKenzie2942------778
QB Steve Grogan2942---------71
T Steve Moore2942---------71
CB Vann McElroy------2840270
DT Todd Liebenstein------2740269
WR Drew Hill2840---------68
DE Mark Jerue------2738267
S Bo Metcalf------18282167
TE David Little2638---------64
C Chuck Thomas2341---------64
WR Art Monk2637---------63
WR Reggie Langhorne2020------2060
S Kerry Justin------2532---57
TE Travis Tucker921------2757
DE Robert Thompson------2530156
DT Gerald Williams------2428---52
OLB Lester Boyd------2425150
ILB Reggie McKenzie------2327---50
OLB Ken Woodard------1729147
RB Tony Nathan814------2244
RB Junior Tautalatasi1725---------42
CB Lyle Pickens------3102134
ILB Lance Sellers------4151433
FB Santiago Erickson210------2032
ILB Ilia Jarostchuk------002626
CB Eugene Daniel------1212---24
DE Jim Herrmann------412622
WR Jamie Holland02------1921
S Eugene Robinson------1010---20
DT Darien Hines------412218
CB Maurice Douglass------412218
TE Chris Kelley20------1517
C Bob White61------815
RB James Brooks41------712
C Juan Ware00------88
P Dakota Gonzalez00------88
K Paul McFadden00------88
T Roger Caron00------88
DT Jim Scott------1056
WR Hassan Jones32---------5
QB Luc Tousignant00---------0
RB Chester Phillips00---------0
QB Steve Beuerlein00---------0

Directional Rushing Statistics

DistanceAttYardsAvg
Left8263.3
Middle14755.4
Right6233.8
None000.0
DistanceAttYardsAvg
Left710414.9
Middle18834.6
Right3227.3
None1-1-1.0

Detailed Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCmp20+BdThDropDfnsHurrKnckIntc
Warren Moon37155136901
MinnesotaAttCmp20+BdThDropDfnsHurrKnckIntc
Steve Grogan41254434351

Directional Passing Statistics

DistanceAttCompYardsAvg
Screen43317.8
Short (0-8 Yds)126322.7
Medium (9-18 Yds)13516012.3
Long (19+ Yds)81222.8
DistanceAttCompYardsAvg
Screen65447.3
Short (0-8 Yds)2615983.8
Medium (9-18 Yds)858710.9
Long (19+ Yds)1000.0

Detailed Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargtCaugtDropdYards20+PPlay
TE Steve Jordan166378239
TE Tom Mullady52019018
WR Calvin Muhammad42065120
WR Ernest Givins42063234
WR Willis Adams3108034
RB Rod Bernstine3000015
RB Jewerl Thomas22012018
MinnesotaTargtCaugtDropdYards20+PPlay
WR Drew Hill86089240
TE David Little86037038
WR Art Monk64034137
TE Travis Tucker64135121
RB Junior Tautalatasi5215025
FB Santiago Erickson4113010
WR Reggie Langhorne31011020
WR Hassan Jones1101502

Red-Zone Rushing Statistics

AtlantaAttYardsAvgOverall Avg
RB Jewerl Thomas4143.504.00
RB Rod Bernstine2147.004.67
MinnesotaAttYardsAvgOverall Avg
RB Tony Nathan11010.0010.00
RB Junior Tautalatasi1-1-1.004.19

Red-Zone Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompYardsAvg/AttOverall Avg
Warren Moon1166.006.62
MinnesotaAttCompYardsAvg/AttOverall Avg
Steve Grogan65325.335.59

Red-Zone Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargetCatchYardsAvg/TargOverall Avg
RB Jewerl Thomas1166.006.00
MinnesotaTargetCatchYardsAvg/TargOverall Avg
TE David Little22178.504.63
RB Junior Tautalatasi2252.501.00
FB Santiago Erickson1000.000.75
TE Travis Tucker111010.005.83

Third Down Rushing Statistics

AtlantaRushesConversions
QB Warren Moon33
MinnesotaRushesConversions
QB Steve Grogan10
RB Tony Nathan10

Third Down Passing Statistics

AtlantaAttCompConversions
Warren Moon922
MinnesotaAttCompConversions
Steve Grogan1073

Third Down Receiving Statistics

AtlantaTargCatchConversions
TE Steve Jordan411
WR Calvin Muhammad200
TE Tom Mullady100
WR Ernest Givins111
RB Rod Bernstine100
MinnesotaTargCatchConversions
TE David Little442
WR Drew Hill210
FB Santiago Erickson100
WR Art Monk111
TE Travis Tucker110
WR Reggie Langhorne100

SectionAttendance
Stadium70,000 (70,000 capacity)
Upper Deck21,400 (21,400)
End Zone15,400 (15,400)
Mezzanine8,900 (8,900)
Sideline Seats13,600 (13,600)
Club Seats7,400 (7,400)
Luxury Boxes3,300 (3,300)