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
47: John Zook
46: Ken Reaves
45: Lynn Cain
44: Justin Blalock
43: Bobby Butler
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