Wrap-up: Falcons 27, Chargers 3

September, 23, 2012
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A look at a miserable day for the Chargers, who lost 27-3 to the Atlanta Falcons:

What it means: The Chargers are not among the league’s elite teams. But the Falcons may be. Traveling cross country after a Monday night game, the Falcons throttled the Chargers. San Diego looked good in its first two games as it started 2-0 under Norv Turner for the first time, but the Chargers had nothing Sunday.

Not a good return for Mathews: San Diego running back Ryan Mathews fumbled near the goal line as the Chargers were poised to take the lead in the first quarter. Sunday was Mathews’ season debut. He broke his clavicle in August. He had 44 yards on 10 carries.

Gonzo strikes again: Tony Gonzalez has to love his AFC West tour. The former Chief great has played his first three games against AFC West opponents and he has scored a touchdown in each game.

Defense fades: San Diego’s defense was stellar in the first two games, but the Falcons ran and passed all over them at will.

What’s next: The Chargers need to bounce back at Kansas City on Sunday where they face a team that is riding high after an overtime win at New Orleans.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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