Ryan, Falcons soar past Chargers to stay unbeaten

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, and safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Atlanta Falcons, who overwhelmed the San Diego Chargers 27-3 on Sunday to remain undefeated.

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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 threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Jacquizz Rodgers, 7 yards to Tony Gonzalez and 9 yards to Julio Jones. The first two scores came after drives of 80 and 96 yards.

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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