2014 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2014 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and the seventh under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons were defeated by the Carolina Panthers in week 17, officially eliminating them from postseason contention for the second straight year.[1] As a result, head coach Mike Smith was fired after his seventh year as coach, after two straight years with a losing record.[2]

The 2014 Atlanta Falcons were featured on the HBO documentary series Hard Knocks.[3]

2014 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachMike Smith
General managerThomas Dimitroff
OwnerArthur Blank
Home fieldGeorgia Dome
Results
Record6–10
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR/RS Devin Hester
WR Julio Jones
QB Matt Ryan

2014 draft class

2014 Atlanta Falcons Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 6 Jake Matthews Offensive tackle Texas A&M
2 37 Ra'Shede Hageman Defensive tackle Minnesota
3 68 Dezmen Southward Free safety Wisconsin
4 103 Devonta Freeman Running Back Florida State
139 Prince Shembo Linebacker Notre Dame
5 147 Ricardo Allen Cornerback Purdue
168 Marquis Spruill Linebacker Syracuse
6 None — see below
7 253 Yawin Smallwood Linebacker Connecticut
255 Tyler Starr Linebacker South Dakota
Compensatory selection
  • Note: The Falcons traded their sixth- (No. 182 overall) and original seventh- (No. 220 overall) round selections to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' fifth-round selection (No. 168 overall).

Staff

2014 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Arthur Blank
  • President/CEO – Rich McKay
  • General Manager – Thomas Dimitroff
  • Assistant General Manager – Scott Pioli
  • Director of Player Personnel – Lionel Vital
  • Director of Football Administration – Nick Polk
  • Director of Pro Scouting – DeJuan Polk
  • Director of College Scouting – Steve Sabo

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Keith Armstrong
  • Assistant Special Teams – Eric Sutulovich

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – A.J. Neibel
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Jonas Beauchemin

Final roster

2014 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, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Miami Dolphins W 16–10 1–0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 August 16 at Houston Texans L 7–32 1–1 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Tennessee Titans L 17–24 1–2 Georgia Dome Recap
4 August 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–14 2–2 EverBank Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 New Orleans Saints W 37–34 (OT) 1–0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 September 14 at Cincinnati Bengals L 10–24 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 56–14 2–1 Georgia Dome Recap
4 September 28 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–41 2–2 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at New York Giants L 20–30 2–3 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 12 Chicago Bears L 13–27 2–4 Georgia Dome Recap
7 October 19 at Baltimore Ravens L 7–29 2–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
8 October 26 Detroit Lions L 21–22 2–6 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
9 Bye
10 November 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–17 3–6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 November 16 at Carolina Panthers W 19–17 4–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 23 Cleveland Browns L 24–26 4–7 Georgia Dome Recap
13 November 30 Arizona Cardinals W 29–18 5–7 Georgia Dome Recap
14 December 8 at Green Bay Packers L 37–43 5–8 Lambeau Field Recap
15 December 14 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–27 5–9 Georgia Dome Recap
16 December 21 at New Orleans Saints W 30–14 6–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 December 28 Carolina Panthers L 3–34 6–10 Georgia Dome Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In this game, Devin Hester would break Deion Sanders's all-time record for punt/kick returns for touchdowns, with 20.[4]

Week 8: vs. Detroit Lions

NFL International Series

Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Falcons were the only NFC South team to lose to all of their AFC North opponents

Week 16: at New Orleans Saints

With the win, the Falcons swept the Saints for the 1st time since 2005 and eliminated their opponent from postseason contention.

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers

Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Carolina Panthers 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 L6

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –35 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 39 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Use of artificial crowd noise

Shortly after the end of the post-season the Falcons were investigated by the League for piping artificial crowd noise during opponent's offensive snaps at home games during the 2013 season and the 2014 season.[7] Team owner Arthur Blank stated that he was "angry and embarrassed" about the allegations, and has allegedly acknowledged the validity of the accusations, stating "I think what we've done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong", and promising to cooperate fully with the investigation.[8] The NFL fined the Falcons $350,000 and took away a fifth round draft pick in the 2016 draft as punishment.[9]

References

  1. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/28/5411641/carolina-panthers-obliterate-atlanta.html
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12091459/atlanta-falcons-fire-mike-smith
  3. ^ http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/Falcons-to-be-2014-HBO-Hard-Knocks-Team/7ab3a3c2-6813-4e47-a5de-5a9932712a06
  4. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000399881/article/devin-hesters-recordbreaking-return-td-is-best-of-week-3
  5. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Falcons under NFL investigation for fake crowd noise at Georgia Dome: report". New York Daily News. 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ Jay Busbee (3 February 2015). "Falcons' Arthur Blank on crowd noise: 'What we've done ... is wrong'". Yahoo! Sports.
  9. ^ "Atlanta Falcons lose 2016 draft pick, fined $350,000 by NFL for Noisegate". Alabama Living. 30 March 2015.

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