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Falcons vs. Chargers: a quick look at the series history

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The Falcons and the Chargers will face off tomorrow in a game that’s probably not going to get a lot of attention. The Chargers are 3-9 and spiraling after losing 45-0 to the Patriots last week. The Falcons are 4-8 and can’t seem to decide if they’re a complete train wreck or just a competitive football team with bad coaches. Neither team is destined for a playoff berth. These are the days of our lives.

Let’s take a quick look at the history of this series before kickoff tomorrow.

The Falcons hold a commanding 8-2 lead in this series, winning 6 of the last 7 matchups.

These teams last played on October 23, 2016, a 33-30 Chargers victory in overtime. Julio Jones racked up a jaw-dropping 174 receiving yards in that game, including a 50-yard reception. Vic Beasley also turned in 2 sacks that day. Even so, the Chargers were able to erase a 7 point deficit in the 4th quarter. Matt Ryan threw an interception late and Josh Lambo knocked down a game tying field goal. Matt Bryant missed a 58-yard attempt right before the end of regulation. The Falcons got the ball first in overtime and Dan Quinn decided to go for it on 4th and 1. Devonta Freeman couldn’t get the first down and the Falcons turned the ball over on downs. Lambo then knocked down another field goal during the ensuing drive and the Chargers emerged victorious.

These teams first played on October 21, 1973, a 41-0 Falcons victory. The Falcons’ rushing attack exploded that day, with Dave Hampton and Eddie Ray both rushing for 2 touchdowns.

Your thoughts about the series history, Falcoholics?