Falcons Vs. Chargers: Atlanta Rolls Behind Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez

The Atlanta Falcons earned by a Week 3 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

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Falcons Quickly Rising To Top Of NFL Class

The Falcons laid a 27-3 beatdown on the Chargers in Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. They're playing pretty well.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers: Matt Ryan Appreciates Play Of Offensive Line

The Atlanta Falcons have gotten off to a great start in 2012, led by quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan has completed 72% of his throws through the first three games, and has eight touchdown passes against just one interception. After Sunday's win over the Chargers, Ryan spoke about the support he's gotten from his offensive line and how that's helped him play well:

"Our offensive line has done a great job. We've dropped back and thrown the ball quite a bit and I really haven't been hit too much. When you have those things going on around you, it helps you play fast, make good decisions and feel confident and a quarterback."

Related: Julio Jones Has Laceration On Hand: Hasn't Cared Yet

While the Falcons rank just 15th in passing yards per game, they're third in points scored per game. They face the Carolina Panthers in Week 4.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more comprehensive coverage, check out Falcons blog The Falcoholic. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers: Michael Turner Happy To Play In San Diego

Michael Turner had a roller coaster of a week. Turner helped lead the Atlanta Falcons past the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, but then was pulled over early Tuesday morning for driving under the influence.

Turner, who played on Sunday in Atlanta's win over San Diego, was happy to return back to San Diego -- where he began his professional career.

"This was probably the best place for me to be, in San Diego," Turner said. "Getting out here early, I got a chance to see some old friends and just reflected on the good times. It brought back some good memories. This trip couldn't have come at a better time for me."

To his credit, Turner has owned up to his DUI, and has publicly apologized for his lack of discretion. Turner is fortunate to not have hurt anybody, or himself, last Tuesday morning.

Still, it's good that Turner was able to clear his head, and get in a good place mentally again.

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Thomas DeCoud Huge In Win Over Chargers

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday with little trouble, and a big reason for that was safety Thomas DeCoud, who intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Fellow safety William Moore also recovered a fumble.

"That's one of the things William and I have taken to heart as safeties, especially in this new system," said DeCoud. "You've got to get the ball back, and we have a lot of opportunities to do that. It's evident in our play right now."

Related: Julio Jones Has Laceration On Hand: Hasn't Cared Yet

With help from the four takeaways, the Atlanta defense was able to limit San Diego to just three points and 280 total yards. The Chargers possessed the ball for just 23:46, which put added pressure on their defense.

The 3-0 Falcons face the Carolina Panthers in Week 4.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more comprehensive coverage, check out Falcons blog The Falcoholic. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers: Tony Gonzalez Used A Gameday Magazine As Motivation

Tony Gonzalez led the Atlanta Falcons in receiving on Sunday in San Diego, as he had a team-high 12 targets and nine receptions, totaling 91 yards and a touchdown.

As if winning weren't enough motivation for an NFL player, Gonzalez had a little extra on Sunday morning when he arrived at Qualcomm Stadium:

Upon his arrival at Qualcomm Stadium for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez saw a Gameday magazine sitting at the foot of his locker room stall.

"I see the cover and it says, ‘Antonio Gates is the standard by which all tight ends are measured.' That gets me going a little bit and makes me want to go out there and play the best I can."

Mike Smith should consider Photoshopping gameday magazines and dropping them at Gonzalez's locker each week if it'll help his tight end play like he did on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Gonzalez now has 21 receptions on the season, for 214 yards and three touchdowns.

The Falcons play host to the Carolina Panthers next Sunday, in an NFC South showdown.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic.

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Falcons Injury Report: WR Julio Jones Plays Through Minor Hand Injury

The Atlanta Falcons escaped Week 3 without any major injuries, though wide receiver Julio Jones hurt a hand on the first drive of the game. Jones left briefly to get the hand checked out and was able to return to the game and contribute. He finished the day with five catches for 67 yards and a score.

Related: Falcons Vs. Chargers Final Score: Matt Ryan Leads Atlanta To 27-3 Victory

Since he was able to return and complete Sunday's game, he figures to be good to go for Atlanta's Week 4 game against the Carolina Panthers. Roddy White was nursing a minor knee injury heading into the Chargers game, but he was able to fully participate in the contest.

Cornerback Christopher Owens and running back Antone Smith both missed Sunday's game because of injuries.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more comprehensive coverage, check out Falcons blog The Falcoholic. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers Halftime Score: Matt Ryan, Thomas DeCoud Propel Atlanta To 20-0 Lead

The Falcons have continued to display their dominance over the Chargers as this game hits the halfway mark.

Matt Ryan currently has completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 208 yards and three touchdown passes. After finding Jacquizz Rodgers for a score early in the game, Ryan would connect with Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones on scoring plays of seven and nine yards, respectively.

The offensive line has kept Ryan in an almost completely clean pocket, and Rodgers has shown some nice versatility carrying the ball (three for 13 yards) and catching out of the backfield (four receptions for 31 yards).

The Atlanta defense has been just as impressive, if not more. Thomas DeCoud is having himself a game already with a red zone fumble recovery and an interception under his belt.

They've limited Philip Rivers to only 87 yards through the air, Ryan Mathews has only managed 29 yards on seven carries, the Chargers have failed to put any points on the board.

Jones, who caught a touchdown pass with under a minute left in the half, is (obviously) back in the ball game and playing just fine. Stay tuned for second-half updates.

For more in-depth coverage, visit our Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, as well as ourChargers blog, Bolts From The Blue. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers Update: Matt Ryan Hits Jacquizz Rodgers For Early TD

The Falcons have gotten off to another hot start this week as they face the Chargers on the road.

After electing to receive, Matt Ryan marched the Falcons offense down the field on an absolutely surgical ten play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by an eight-yard TD pass to Jacquizz Rodgers. Ryan would complet all seven of his pass attempts to five different receivers.

However, a botched snap on the extra point attempt would force Atlanta to settle for six points.

On defense, the Falcons have been dominant, forcing a quick Chargers exit on both of their possessions so far.

Like last week, Mike Nolan has really mixed things and employed some exotic blitz packages up front that have gotten great pressure. Philip Rivers is a mere three-of-seven for 17 yards at this point.

The only concern is that Julio Jones, who caught a 19-yard pass to open the game, left the game with an apparent hand injury and has yet to return. SB Nation will provide updates on Jones' status in this game. Stay tuned.

For more in-depth coverage, visit our Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, as well as ourChargers blog, Bolts From The Blue. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Falcons Vs. Chargers 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

The Atlanta Falcons meet the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

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Michael Turner Will Play In Falcons-Chargers Game Despite DUI Arrest

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner will play in this Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers,according to a tweet by the team. Turner was caught speeding at 32 miles per hour over the speed limit after he was out celebrating the team's 27-21 win over the Denver Broncos.

After he was pulled over, the arresting office said that there was the smell of alcohol on Turner's breath. The officer then arrested Turner after he participated in a field sobriety test.

The 30-year-old running back spent two hours in the Gwinett County Jail before being released on $2,179 bond. Turner ran the ball 17 times for 42 yards in Monday's game and scored the first touchdown for the Falcons.

The Falcons play the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

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NFL 2012 Schedule: Week 3 Preview

The Atlanta Falcons will visit the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in a battle between two unbeaten teams. The only other matchup between 2-0 squads is the Eagles-Cardinals game in Arizona. Both of these games will kick off at 4:05 ET.

Around the NFC South, the Panthers are tasked with hosting the New York Giants on Thursday night. Both teams are 1-1 and coming off big wins.

The New Orleans Saints will look for their first win when they host the also-winless Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints have not started a season 0-2 since 2007, when they lost their first four games.

Finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looking to rebound from a heart-breaking loss to the Giants, will visit the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams come into this matchup at 1-1.

You can check out the full NFL schedule here.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: 49ers Dominate, Cardinals Soar, Jaguars Stink (via sbnation)

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Chris Owens Injury: Falcons DB Has Concussion

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Chris Owens suffered a concussion during Atlanta's Monday night win over the Denver Broncos, and is unlikely to play in Week 3's contest against the San Diego Charges.

Per The Falcoholic, SB Nation's Falcons blog:

So the bad news first. Chris Owens is going through the concussion protocol, which means he's quite likely to be formally diagnosed very soon, if he hasn't been already, and will sit out the Chargers game. Obviously, the Falcons got it done without him on Monday night, but it further dents the depth of a squad that could use a little more of it. The Falcons now only have four healthy cornerbacks on the active roster, and one of them is Dominique Franks.

Atlanta's secondary has taken a beating, losing Brent Grimes for the season last week, and now losing Owens to a concussion this week.

Hopefully, for both Owens' and Atlanta's sake, Owens makes a speedy and full recovery from his concussion.

For the latest on all things Falcons, check out The Falcoholic.

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