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Texans rally from 21 points down to beat Chargers

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The last time the San Diego Chargers appeared on Monday night football they watched as Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos from 24 points down in the second half to stun the Chargers in a 34-24 defeat last October.

In their season opener against the Houston Texans Monday night, the Chargers orchestrated a repeat meltdown.

Randy Bullock’s 41-yard field goal as time expired closed out the Chargers as the Texans scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to rally to a 31-28 victory.

Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes against the Texans but his only big mistake came back to haunt the Chargers.  After Matt Schaub hooked up with Owen Daniels for a 9-yard touchdown to pull within seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Texans pinned the Chargers on their own 13-yard line. Rivers was then intercepted on a remarkable diving snag by Brian Cushing on a pass intended for Danny Woodhead. Cushing picked himself off the turf and scampered 18 yards for the tying score.

The Chargers went three-and-out on their next two possessions before the Texans put the game winning drive together. Schaub led the Texans on a 38-yard drive to get into field goal range before Bullock delivered the dagger.

The Chargers’ offense looked better than expected for most of the night with Rivers looked much more poised than he did at times last season. It was Rivers’ first four touchdown performance since Nov. 2011 against the Green Bay Packers. However, San Diego couldn’t put the plays together when they needed to put the game out of reach.

The Texans survive a massive scare from the Chargers on a night where their pass defense struggled. Arian Foster couldn’t find room to run with just 57 yards on 18 carries but Schaub, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels carried the offense in the passing game enough to earn the victory. Schaub finished with 346 yards passing on 45 attempts and three touchdowns with an interception. Johnson caught 12 passes for 146 yards and Daniels hauled in two touchdowns for Houston.

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6 Responses to “Texans rally from 21 points down to beat Chargers”
  1. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 10, 2013 2:01 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cushing with the diving catch!

    Andre with an NFL RECORD 19, 10+ catch games! Plus 146 yards!!

    JJ watt doin work!

    Did you see him standing next to Cushing on the sideline? They looked like the guys form Double Dragon!

    Kubes needs to switch his play call style. If he ran his plays from the 3rd and 4th to start the game and then finished with his 1st and 2nd type plays to kill the clock. He could dominate at that point. Sugar huddle and great use of the Te’s and Wr sets. Graham looks real legit.

    Greg Jones needs to meet some guys in pass blocking but I love his run blocking so far.

    WOOOOOOO. Gonna be late to work but its worth it. East coast Texans fan.

  2. swaggyy says: Sep 10, 2013 2:43 AM

    Classic Charger meltdown

  3. src3084 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:36 AM

    New coach, same Chargers.

  4. BigBeachBall says: Sep 10, 2013 4:16 AM

    rivers is intentionally forcing the defense to bolt up… as good qb’s tend to do… he did the same thing last year… btw chargers are getting a pro bowl stadium in the gaslamp… the “filner fiasco” was about getting a new stadium… not his affectionate style….

    Chargers v Texans
    September 12, 2004 at Houston Texans W 27–20
    October 28, 2007 Houston Texans W 35–10
    November 7, 2010 at Houston Texans W 29–23

    bolt up.

  5. bullsonparade1977 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:17 AM

    For those of us who stayed awake to watch this game got to see a remarkable comeback by the Texans. JJ watt started off slow, as well as the Texans. But they made plays when needed and to us Texan fans got to see what we rarely see from this team, a come from behind victory. It looked like the same ol Texans at first who for some reason don’t play well on national tv. So for those saying reed was not needed need to think again. I expect the Texans to use this victory to spring forward in future games and play a lot better than they did the first half. The better team won, so all is fair in the world. Go Texans!

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 10, 2013 4:18 AM

    Some things never change, like that ringless team they call the Chargers. :)

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