Atlanta Falcons Receiver Ken Burrow Hits The Mark Twice In 1971

The Atlanta Falcons started as a pro football team in 1966 and had a bumpy go of it in the beginning. The team finished at or near the bottom of the standings in many of their early years. Eventually, they would get their feet under them and turn into a team that other teams had to worry about, and luckily they had loyal fans willing to wait for that to happen.

In 1971, just five years into their existence as a pro football team, receiver Ken Burrow would do something truly astonishing. In a October 3rd game against the Detroit Lions, a game the Falcons would lose 41-38, he would catch six passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. That is a very impressive 31.67 yards per catch. This set the team record as the most receiving yards in one game before by a Falcons player was 144 by Alex Hawkins in 1966, their first year ever. Eleven weeks later, in a 24-20 win over the division rival New Orleans Saints, Ken Burrow would do it again. This time he would catch eight passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, tying his own mark for the most receiving yards in team history.

Two games, one season, 190 yards receiving each time. Ken Burrow would hold that team record for a long time as it wasn’t until 23 years later that Andre Rison would catch 14 balls for 193 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-28 loss to Detroit that it would get passed. Burrow is still the only Falcons player ever to have two games of 190 yards or more receiving for the team though.

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