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NFL Capsule: Falcons at Chargers

NFL Capsule: Falcons at Chargers

ATLANTA (2-0) At SAN DIEGO (2-0)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 2-0; San Diego 2-0

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 7-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons, No. 4; Chargers, No. 9

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Chargers 22-16, Nov. 30, 2008

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Broncos 27-21; Chargers beat Titans 38-10





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers 2-0 for first time in Norv Turner's six seasons as coach and first time since 2006, Marty Schottenheimer's last season as coach. ... Bolts looking for first 3-0 start since 2002, when they finished 8-8. ... Game expected to be blacked out in Southern California. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates looks to return from rib injury that sidelined him vs.Titans. RB Ryan Mathews hopes to make season debut after breaking collarbone on first carry of exhibition season Aug. 9. ... Teams meeting for just ninth time. ... Chargers' lone win over Falcons was 10-7 in 1988 at Atlanta. ... Falcons 5-0 in San Diego. ... Atlanta playing third straight AFC West opponent. It won 40-24 at Kansas City on opening day before beating Denver on Monday night. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner was fifth round draft pick by Chargers in 2004 before signing with Falcons as free agent in 2008. ... Turner arrested for DUI hours after scoring touchdown in win against Denver. He'll play against Chargers. ... Turner has rushed for just 74 yards in first two games, averaging 2.6 yards per carry while struggling to find holes and break tackles. Against Broncos, he had 27 yards on 16 carries until breaking off 15-yard gain with final run of night. ... Atlanta QB Matt Ryan recorded 100th career TD pass Monday night and 25th career game with passer QB rating above 100. ... Falcons are 25-0 when Ryan's rating is 100 . ... In only start at San Diego, had 130.2 rating. ... Leads NFL with 117.6 rating. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has five 100-yard games vs. Chargers. In past three meetings, has 26 catches for 315 yards and 3 TDs. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates needs three receptions to become fifth TE in NFL with 600 career receptions. ... Atlanta has made two straight playoff appearances; Chargers missed playoffs last two seasons.

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