A costly special teams penalty from the San Diego Chargers gave the Texans a new set of downs and allowed Houston to pull within one score early in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers had forced a field goal attempt by 37-yard field goal from Randy Bullock that would have kept San Diego in front by 10 at 28-18. However, Cam Thomas was flagged for unnecessary roughness for attacking the long-snapper on the field goal attempt. The rule change is a point of emphasis from officials this year.
The penalty gave the Texans a fresh set of downs and they didn’t waste the opportunity. Matt Schaub connected with Owen Daniels for a 9-yard touchdown on the next play. The extra point pulls Houston within seven at 28-21 with most of the fourth quarter still left to play. It was Daniels’ second touchdown catch of the night.