Usually Luckless Falcons Win Coin Flip for Draft's Third Pick

INDIANAPOLIS--It was a season full of bad fortune for the Atlanta Falcons, from quarterback Michael Vick's legal troubles to the abrupt departure of rookie head coach Bobby Petrino after only 13 games.

But their luck changed a little bit here this morning, as they won a coin flip with the Oakland Raiders for the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April.

The Falcons will choose third, the Raiders fourth and the Kansas City Chiefs fifth.

Had the Raiders won the coin toss, there would have had to be another coin flip between the Falcons and Chiefs for the fourth pick. But under the league's complicated system of draft tiebreakers based on schedule strength, only one coin toss was needed when the Falcons prevailed.

By Mark Maske |  February 22, 2008; 8:41 AM ET  | Category:  Chiefs , Falcons , Raiders
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I'm shocked, shocked to learn the Raiders lost an NFL sponsored event.

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