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Lightning Stormed


An interception from the arm of Matt Ryan was bound to happen eventually, but he didn't let that spoil his day or slow down Atlanta's offense.

Ryan's first interception of the season came in the fourth quarter, but even that wasn't as awful as it could have been. The takeaway came at the San Diego 3-yard line and the Falcons defense, as they did all day, smothered the Chargers' offense and forced a three-and-out. The ensuing possession resulted in big runs from Michael Turner and the Falcons punched it in on a 7-yard TD run to give the Falcons a 27-3 lead.

The interception broke a streak of 272 straight regular season passes without an interception, a streak dating back to last season.

Perhaps the most impressive thing from Ryan's day against San Diego is his completion percentage. While Ryan found the endzone three times with passes and produced 275 yards passing, his completion percentage was truly outstanding. The fifth-year quarterback completed 30-of-40 passes, a 75 percent clip.

Ryan guided the offense to 381 total yards on offense, before exiting at the two-minute warning, and spread the ball around well, consistently frustrating San Diego's defense, a defense that was highly regarded entering Sunday's game. Ryan connected on passes with eight different receivers.

On third downs, Atlanta's offense almost couldn't be stopped, converting eight of 12 opportunities for a 67 percent conversion rate.

The Falcons earned 25 first downs on the day. Through three games in the 2012 season, Ryan has put himself among the league leaders in nearly every quarterback statistic in the NFL, while leading the Falcons to a 3-0 record.

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