- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Since the Atlanta Falcons were the only NFC South to win in Week 3, they’re the only division team that will get a list of statistical superlatives.
With help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons' media relations department, let’s take a look at Atlanta’s statistical highlights.
In a 27-3 victory at San Diego, the Falcons forced four turnovers. It marked the second straight game in which the Falcons have come up with four turnovers. Under coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-1 when they have at least three takeaways.
The Falcons are plus-10 on turnovers this season to lead the NFL. Their 40 points off turnovers also are an NFL high.
Atlanta’s 3-0 start marked the first time the Falcons have started 3-0 since 2004, when they opened with four straight wins.
With Sunday’s win, Smith moved into a tie for second on Atlanta’s all-time wins list. Smith’s career record now is 46-21. Leeman Bennett was 46-41 between 1977 and 1982. Dan Reeves holds the franchise record for wins. His record with the Falcons was 49-59-1 from 1997 through 2003.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in his last 18 games. Ryan also has thrown at least one touchdown in 33 of his last 34 games.
Ryan threw three touchdown passes and now has 32 career games with more than one touchdown pass. The Falcons are 13-0 when Ryan has thrown three or more touchdown passes.
Ryan now has thrown two or more touchdowns in five of his last six games. The Falcons are 27-5 when Ryan throws for multiple touchdowns.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez finished with nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The nine receptions tied his high since joining the Falcons. The touchdown catch was the 98th of his career.
The Falcons are the only team in the NFL to score a touchdown on their opening possession in each of this season’s three games. Since 2008, the Falcons lead the league with 193 points on their first offensive possession.
The Falcons have had at least one takeaway in 36 of their last 38 games. The Atlanta defense held the Chargers to just 27 yards in the first quarter, while not allowing a third-down conversion.
Ryan had a 107.8 passer rating Sunday. Ryan has had a passer rating over 100 in all three games this season. In his career, the Falcons are 26-0 when Ryan’s passer rating is 100 or better.
Safety Thomas DeCoud had a hand in three of Atlanta’s four takeaways. DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. For the season, he has three interceptions.
Defensive end John Abraham recorded a sack on the final play of the first half. Abraham now has 114 career sacks, which puts him in sole possession of 15th place on the NFL’s all-time list.