Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against the New York Giants on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Falcons 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons came into San Diego looking to improve to 3-0 on the young season.  Not only did they win, they showed the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with.The Matt Ryan led Falcons started the game with an opening 10 play 80-yard drive that ended with a Falcon 6 on the board.  The offense would falter on the next two drives, but answered with two straight touchdown drives that saw the Falcons take a 20-0 lead entering half time.  The most exciting part about this game to me has to be how great the defense played.Going into this game, I felt the defense was going to have a difficult time with the Chargers and Phillip Rivers.  However, they came out on fire and did not allow any first half points.  In that first half, the Falcons defense forced two Charger turnovers. The Falcons were able to turn those turnovers into points each time.  The biggest play of the first half that really gave Atlanta the momentum was the fumble by Ryan Matthews...
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