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The Numbers Game: Atlanta Falcons-Arizona Cardinals Stats-apalooza

If you are familiar with my work at my former site, you know the drill: a pre-game quick hit stats-apalooza. Enjoy.

The Falcons and Cardinals have met on the chalk-outlined field 25 times in their history. The Cardinals hold a 15-10 edge.

The Falcons record against the Redbirds (by decade):

  • 2000s ... 3-2
  • 1990s ... 3-5
  • 1980s ... 3-3
  • 1970s ... 0-4
  • 1960s ... 1-1

As you may or may not have known the Cardinals are a fickle bunch having called three cities/states home. How have the Falcons done against the Cardinals in their previous and current stops?

  • St. Louis ... 4-7
  • Phoenix ... 1-4
  • Arizona ... 5-4

Average Score in all 25 meetings:

  • Cardinals 22.4
  • Falcons 21.7


Average Yards:

  • Cardinals 331.4
  • Falcons 311.9

Most Points Scored:

Falcons 41, Oct. 18, 1981

Highlight: Steve Bartkowski throwing for 288 yards and 4 TDs

Cardinals 42, Dec. 17, 1978


Fewest Points Scored:

Falcons 6, Sept. 26, 2004

Highlight: Jay Feely connects on two short field goals providing all the offense.

Cardinals 3, same game

Longest Streak:

  • Falcons won 4 in a row between 1999 and 2006.
  • Cardinals won 5 in a row between 1968 and 1978.

Coaches:

The Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt is 3-0 in Week 2 games since taking over as head coach.

Mike Smith is 1-1 in Week 2 games as a head coach.

Best Individual Performances against the Cardinals:

  • Passing: Steve Bartkowski 378 yards, 1980
  • Rushing: Jamal Anderson 152 yards, 1997
  • Receiving: Roddy White 141 yards, 2007
  • Sacks: Patrick Kerney - 3, 2004

Bonus:

Arizona and Atlanta are the first two teams in the NFL when listed alphabetically by city name. Alphabetical rivalries are real. Believe it.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.