The Houston Texans overcame a stuttering start to produce a stunning victory against the San Diego Chargers 31-28 in their season opener last night.
Scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Texans were able to overcome what at one point was a 21 point lead for the Chargers.
First off, tight end Owen Daniels reeled in a 9 yard pass from Matt Schaub to start off the fourth quarter, then linebacker Brian Cushing picked off Philip Rivers for an 18 yard interception return to tie the game 28-28.
With the final drive of the game the Texans marched down the field to put second-year kicker Randy Bullock in position to nail a 41 yard game winning field goal and he duly obliged.
Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak said that while his team showcased great determination and maturity, he was disappointed with the way the Texans played at the start.
"I'm disappointed with the way we played early. 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."
The start was definitely a rough one as they turned over the ball and gave away a touchdown on the first two plays of the game.
Schaub's first pass was tipped and ended up in the arms of San Diego defensive tackle, Cam Thomas for no gain and then Rivers found running back Ryan Mathews with space for a 14 yard touchdown pass.
The Texans levelled the game later in the first quarter with a one-yard Owen Daniels touchdown but from then until late in the third quarter, it was all San Diego.
Rivers, who finished 14-for-29 with 195 yards, four touchdowns and an interception, found Eddie Royal twice and Vincent Brown to put the Chargers up 28-7 at halfway through the third.
However, reminiscent of last season, where they blew five half-time leads, the Chargers slumped and could only watch as the Texans kept marching it down field and take the game.
The Texans will now prepare for their first divisional game, at home to the Tennessee Titans, while the Chargers travel to the Philadelphia Eagles, who also won on Monday night.
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