Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with his first interception of the season, and a passer rating of 107.8 for the Falcons (3-0), who improved to 6-0 all time in San Diego. DeCoud's three takeaways, plus William Moore's fourth-quarter fumble recovery, extended the Falcons' NFL-high turnover differential to plus-10.
San Diego (2-1) was the third consecutive AFC West team to lose to Atlanta.
Ryan Mathews made his season debut for San Diego and looked good until fumbling inside Atlanta's 5-yard line on a hit by Sean Witherspoon, with DeCoud recovering the ball for the Falcons. That set up a monster 17-play, 96-yard drive that ate 7 minutes, 59 seconds and was capped by Gonzalez's TD catch.
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