The Houston Texans fell behind early, but stormed back and topped the Chargers in San Diego by a final of 31-28. Kicker Randy Bullock capped off the comeback with a 41-yard field goal as time expired.
The Texans found themselves trailing by a 28-7 count in the third quarter. This was the biggest come from behind win in franchise history. The big play was an interception return for a touchdown by Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, a play that tied that game at 28-28 with under ten minutes left in the game.
“I don’t think he ever saw me,” Cushing said of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. “I just read his eyes and made a good break on the ball.”
Cushing was playing his first regular season game since suffering a season ending knee injury early in the 2012 season. The linebacker who recently signed a contract extension with the team says he and his teammates stepped up when they needed to.
“We just had to man up,” Cushing stated.
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Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns but says the team needs to improve.
“It was a pretty good ending. Obviously there are a lot of things we can clean up. We were very sloppy in the first half,” Schaub explained.
Tight end Owen Daniels caught a pair of touchdown catches. Wide receiver Andre Johnson caught 12 passes for 146 yards. Coach Gary Kubiak said he was proud of his club’s effort on the road.
“We understand how tough this league is. I think you keep battling, and that’s what we did,” Kubiak said.
The Texans will be home to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Noon at Reliant Stadium. Tennessee is also 1-0 on the season after beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh 16-9.