San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Ryan threw for 275 yards and three
touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons dominated the San Diego Chargers, 27-3, at
Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.
Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes with one interception, and Michael Turner
carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Tony Gonzalez had a big day through the air with nine catches for 91 yards and
a touchdown for the Falcons, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since the
2004 season. Defensively, Thomas DeCoud recovered a fumble and recorded two
interceptions in the victory.
Philip Rivers threw for 173 yards on 21-of-38 passing with two interceptions,
while Jackie Battle ran for 55 yards on just three carries for the Chargers
(2-1), who thumped Tennessee last week.
Ryan Matthews saw his first action of the season since suffering a broken
collar bone in the preseason and ran for 44 yards on 10 carries in the losing
effort. Malcom Floyd led the receiving corps with three catches for 52 yards.
Nate Kaeding accounted for the lone Chargers points with a 41-yard field goal.
Atlanta began the contest with possession at its own 20. On the first play of
the drive, Ryan hit Julio Jones for 19 yards, and followed it with an eight-
yard completion to Gonzalez before finishing the 10-play, 80-yard march with
an 8-yard touchdown strike to Jacquizz Rodgers for an early 6-0 lead.
The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Starting deep in their own territory at the four early in the second quarter,
Ryan led a massive 17-play drive down to the San Diego 7-yard line.
The Boston College product completed eight passes on the trek, including a
seven-yard strike to Gonzalez, giving Atlanta a 13-0 lead with 2:32 left
On the Chargers' ensuing possession, the Falcons defense came up with a big
play. Facing 3rd-and-5 from the San Diego 25, Rivers threw a short pass
intended for Antonio Gates that DeCloud got his hands on, but the officials
ruled it an incompletion.
Upon review, the play was reversed and DeCoud was credited with an
interception, giving the Falcons possession at the 29.
From that spot, the Falcons needed just four plays before Ryan connected with
Jones on a 9-yard touchdown strike to make it 20-0 at the break.
San Diego got the ball to begin the second half and Rivers led an extensive
13-play, 41-yard drive to the Atlanta 23 before Kaeding nailed a 41-yard field
goal for a 20-3 game.
After forcing a three-and-out early in the final quarter, Atlanta got the ball
back at the San Diego 32 with 10:26 to go thanks to a poor punt by Mike
Three plays later, Turner went off right guard for a 7-yard touchdown sprint,
finishing off a dominant effort by his team.
San Diego was shooting for its first 3-0 start since 2002 ... Atlanta lead the
all-time series between the teams, 8-1 ... Ryan finished with a 107.8
quarterback rating. The Falcons are 26-0 when Ryan has a rating of 100 or
better ... Atlanta went 8-for-13 on third down, while the Chargers finished 5-
for-11 on third down.
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