San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mathews Returns in Loss to Falcons - Ricky Henne
"It felt good getting back in the game and being able to help the team," said Mathews. "The game is fast and it took a little bit of getting used to. I kind of wish that I would have played in some more preseason games, but it’s over and done with."
Scifres Reaches 500 Punt Milestone - Jay Jay Maniquis
"Darren Bennett was a tremendous help to me," he said. "I’m not where I’m at today without that year I had behind him. He taught me about the game and the ins and outs of what you have got to do day in and day out. I owe everything to that year with him because he really did welcome me here with open arms."
Ryan, DeCoud lead Falcons over Chargers 27-3 - Bernie Wilson
Few people could have imagined the Atlanta Falcons coming west and putting this kind of whipping on the San Diego Chargers. It turns out these Falcons really can fly.
Turnover mars Mathews' return - Tom Sheridan
Mathew's red zone fumble early the second quarter on Sunday, with the Chargers trailing 6-0, cost them a golden scoring opportunity. It also launched a game-defining 96-yard, 7-minute, 59-second scoring drive for the Falcons.
Wrap-up: Falcons 27, Chargers 3 - Bill Williamson
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.
Ryan, DeCoud lead Falcons to easy win over Bolts - Scott Bair
After getting beat in every way possible on Sunday, the Chargers said uncle. They tapped out, bringing a merciful end to a game that couldn't have gone much worse.
If Chargers defense is truly different, we're still waiting to see it - Kevin Acee (UT$)
"We got all the looks we expected to get," Falcons receiver Roddy White said. "We did a good job of game planning, they gave us the looks we wanted and we took advantage."