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SAN DIEGO – Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons are very much alive in the playoff picture.

The San Diego Chargers, once thought to be Super Bowl worthy, are on life support.

Ryan, the rookie from Boston College, threw two touchdown passes and Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson's former understudy, ran for 120 yards against his former team to lead the Falcons to a 22-16 win over the reeling Chargers on Sunday.

The Falcons (8-4), one of the NFL's most surprising teams behind rookie head coach Mike Smith, remained a game behind Tampa Bay and Carolina in the NFC South.

San Diego (4-8) lost for the fifth time in six games. They came into the day two games behind Denver in the anemic AFC West. Many fans had cleared out by the final gun, and those who remained booed as Ryan took a knee to end the game.

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patriciathomas 11/30/08 - 10:01 pm
If not for a number of

If not for a number of questionable calls, San Diego would have been much less lucky. Good game Falcons.

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