Texans answer after Chargers jump out to quick lead

AP

Before the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins were even finished with the first game of the season-opening Monday night doubleheader, the San Diego Chargers quickly jumped out to an early lead over the Houston Texans.

Matt Schaub was intercepted by Cam Thomas on the Texans’ first play of scrimmage of the season and the Chargers were gifted a short field on offense. It took one play for the Chargers to find the end zone as Philip Rivers connected with Ryan Mathews out of the backfield for a 14-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

According to Ricky Henne of the Chargers’ official site, the offensive touchdown just 15 seconds into the game was the fastest in team history.

The Texans managed to answer on their third possession of the first quarter. Schaub led Houston on a 10-play, 71-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Schaub to Owen Daniels of play-action to even the game at 7-7.