Houston Texans Rally From 21 Down, Defeat ChargersBy: Tobias Roth - September 10, 2013
In what seemed like an insurmountable task, after being down 21 points in the third quarter, the Houston Texans were able to put up a fight and beat the San Diego Chargers. The Texans and Chargers played second in a Monday Night Football doubleheader in order to kickoff the season. This followed a tough game between the Eagles and Redskins, which the Eagles won. Quarterback Matt Schaub finished with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception, while their star receiver Andre Johnson had over 100 yards receiving on the day, in order to lead them to victory. The game ended with a final score of 31-28 after the Texans scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.
When talking about the game and how they were able to come back, Schaub simply said “Momentum keeps building, and you can feel that energy, and it’s contagious.” When players start to work together, it seems that sometimes they are able to come back from any deficit. After back-to-back division titles and playoff trips, the Texans have plenty of experience in handling troubles during a game together, says CBS Sports. The veteran Schaub is able to provide the leadership that a younger team like this needs in order to comeback in a big game, and they really rallied together in order to win this game.
They opened the season in San Diego too, which naturally made the comeback even more impressive. The Texans are led by head coach Gary Kubiak, who has created quite a reputation in the league in recent years, completely turning around the Texans program. The Chargers are playing under new coach Mike McCoy, replacing Norv Turner, who experienced an embarrassing season last year. In what looked like a great start to his career as a coach, the Chargers could not hold on and fell apart after halftime, like they did in several of their games last year.
The defensive star of the Texans, Brian Cushing, returned an interception toward the end of the game in order to tie it up with 9:30 left in the game. Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give the Texans the win. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for four touchdowns in the game, giving fans a very impressive start to the season, according to Fox Sports. However, that was simply not enough, and Rivers will need to avoid throwing interceptions, which plagued him last season, if they want to become a team with can compete with the rest of the league again.
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