Falcons Get Big 22-16 Road Win In San Diego

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons are very much alive in the playoff picture.

The San Diego Chargers, once thought to be Super Bowl worthy, are on life support.

Ryan, the rookie from Boston College, threw two touchdown passes and Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson's former understudy, ran for 120 yards against his former team to lead the Falcons to a 22-16 win over the reeling Chargers on Sunday.

The Falcons (8-4), one of the NFL's most surprising teams behind rookie head coach Mike Smith, remained a game behind Tampa Bay and Carolina in the NFC South.

San Diego (4-8) lost for the fifth time in six games. They came into the day two games behind Denver in the anemic AFC West. Many fans had cleared out by the final gun, and those who remained booed as Ryan took a knee to end the game.

Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 207 yards. Turner carried 31 times in his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He was allowed to leave San Diego as an unrestricted free agent after last season.

Tomlinson, the two-time defending NFL rushing champion, was held to 24 yards on 14 carries.

Atlanta lost three fumbles, leading to all of San Diego's points.

San Diego had only 100 yards at halftime, then had one just possession in the third quarter for 23 more yards.


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