Top 50 Falcons: No. 49, Michael Haynes

Falcons' newest acquisition wide receiver Michael Haynes (left) jokes with his friend Bert Emanuel (87) during workouts at the team's training camp Friday, June 13, 1997. Haynes rejoins the Falcons to improve the offense. (David Tulis/AJC)

More importantly, that touchdown catch proved to be a difference maker and vaulted the Falcons into the playoffs thanks to Atlanta holding a tiebreaker over the 49ers as both teams finished the season 10-6. Once in the playoffs Haynes made his presence felt again, snagging a 61-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to edge the New Orleans Saints 27-20 in the Wild Card Round and give the Falcons their first postseason win since 1978. Head Coach Jerry Glanville described the jaw-dropping speed Haynes displayed as, “the fastest touchdown I’ve ever seen.”

Haynes on the game-winning wild card touchdown catch against the Saints: “I caught the hitch and it was Milton Mack covering me. Milton is a good friend of mine and he kind of took a bad angle and I just had to outrun the safety. It was an important play not only because it helped us get the playoff win, but it was in my hometown and I always wanted to beat the hometown team.”

50: Chuck Smith

49: Michael Haynes

48: Jonathan Babineaux

47: John Zook

46: Ken Reaves

45: Lynn Cain

44: Justin Blalock

43: Bobby Butler

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