Falcons Stay Unbeaten, Rout Chargers


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Jeff Gross/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was Atlanta who had more in the tank on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons pummeled the San Diego Chargers 27-3 at Qualcomm Stadium to remain unbeaten and move to 3-0. 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continued his strong season, throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Former Charger Michael Turner rushed for 80 yards and a score. 

“I thought everybody was fresh and we started out fast — offense, defense special teams,” Ryan said. “A good team win.”

Coming off a Monday night win over the Broncos, the Falcons showed no rust after a short week. A touchdown pass to wideout Julio Jones made it 20-0 in the second quarter, and the Atlanta defense did the rest. They allowed only 164 yards passing. 

For the Chargers (2-1), it was a staggeringly low offensive output, the fewest points scored with quarterback Phillip Rivers under center. “I can’t think of one where we haven’t scored a touchdown in nine years,” Rivers said. “The way you lose games in this league (is) you turn it over. You turn it over four times and they turn it over once, late in the game, your chances of winning are pretty slim.”

Rivers threw two interceptions and the Chargers also fumbled twice. 

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