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Here are the five things that we learned from watching the Falcons demolish the Chargers in San Diego in this Week 3 match-up of two potential playoff teams.1.  Tony Gonzalez can still ball with the best of them.  He might be 36, and lead a vegan life style, but on Sunday Tony Gonzalez was as reassuring to Falcons' Quarterback Matt Ryan as a warm Meatloaf straight from the oven on a frosty evening.  Gonzalez caught 9 passes for a team leading 91 yards receiving on Sunday, and hauled in a touchdown for his efforts.   The former Huntington Beach High School and Cal-Berkeley star set the tone for the game, when he made two catches on the Falcons' opening drive of the game, which led to a Ryan to Jacquizz Rodgers' touchdown pass.2.  The Chargers are in desperate need of a #1 caliber wide receiver.  Although Chargers' Quarterback Phillip Rivers did not have one of his best games, the blame for the loss should in part fall on the shoulders of wide receivers, Malcolm Floyd,...
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