The Houston Texans overcame a 28-7 deficit in the fourth quarter, capped off by a Brian Cushing interception for the tying touchdown. As time expired in the fourth quarter, Randy Bullock kicked a 41 yard field for the 31-28 victory over the Sand Diego Chargers.
"I expected us to be in a dogfight," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I'm disappointed with the way we played early, but we did not give up. ... We were mature enough to hang in there and get the win, so we have to be mature enough to know that we didn't play very well."
Tied 7-7 in the second quarter the newly high powered Mike McCoy Chargers offense exploded with two key touchdowns for quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers launched a pass to Eddie Royal who blew past the Texans secondary for the 14-7 lead. Later on in the quarter, Rivers connected with Vincent Brown who stretched over the pylon for the 21-7 lead that carried to halftime.
The Chargers gained more momentum when Rivers connected again with Royal for the 1 yard touchdown for the 28-7 in the third quarter. The Chargers defense roughed up Texans quarterback Matt Schaub for all three quarters. Schaub began to settled down and eventually connected with Garrett Graham for the seven yard touchdown as they trailed 28-14.
Schaub and the Texans offense remained poised, when Owen Daniels scored a nine yard touchdown that trimmed the Chargers lead 28-21. That drive was boosted by a 10 yard penalty by Cam Johnson for roughing the kicker on a field goal attempt, that gave the Texans a first down.
There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win that game," said Texans WR Andre Johnson. "Even in the third quarter, we didn't come out playing that great, but we got it together and made it happen."
Matt Schaub finished 34/45 with 346 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Andre Johnson had a spectacular night with 12 catches for 146 yards.
Philip Rivers had an impressive finish with 149 yards passing, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception on the night.
"You lose this way, and it stings a little more," Rivers said. "It's disappointing we didn't finish the game, because we had control. You've got to play all four quarters."
The effort was there," McCoy said. "They did a nice job. We just didn't finish it. It comes down to not finishing a football game."
Chargers RB Ryan Matthews scored the teams first touchdown spoke about his thoughts about the game. "We've just got to keep the pedal down. You can see we can put up points, and our defense is looking great."