Texans rally stuns Chargers

  • Last Updated: September 10 2013, 8:37 BST

Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to cap a remarkable fightback from Houston in their 31-28 victory over San Diego.

Matt Schaub: Three TD passes and a winning late drive
Matt Schaub: Three TD passes and a winning late drive

The Texans trailed by 21 points in the second half at the Qualcomm Stadium, but Matt Schaub threw touchdown passes to Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels and Brian Cushing picked off Philip Rivers for the tying touchdown.

New Chargers coach Mike McCoy had enjoyed an excellent start as Rivers connected with Ryan Mathews from 14 yards before Schaub replied with a one-yard scoring pass to Daniels.

The Chargers dominated the second quarter as Rivers found Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown in the end zone, while a one-yard touchdown pass to Royal early in the third quarter extended the lead to 28-7.

But Schaub, whose first throw of the season resulted in a tipped interception, threw his second scoring pass of the game to Graham from seven-yards and hit Daniels for a 14-yard score early in the final quarter.

Cushing then grabbed a wayward Rivers pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, and Schaub engineered a composed 38-yard drive over nine plays to set up Bullock for the winning field goal.

Schaub completed 34-of-45 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, while Andre Johnson hauled in a game-high 12 receptions for 146 yards.

Rivers completed only 14 passes, although four of them were for touchdowns, but his late interception proved pivotal as San Diego served up a reminder of last season in which they blew five half-time leads.


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