published Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Houston Texans rally from 21 down to stun San Diego Chargers 31-28

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels scores past San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego.
Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels scores past San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SAN DIEGO — Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, and the Houston Texans rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half for a 31-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

Brian Cushing returned an interception 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 9:30 to play for the Texans, who roared back from a 28-7 deficit late in the third quarter to spoil the debut of San Diego coach Mike McCoy.

Matt Schaub threw a tipped interception on Houston’s first play of the season, but recovered to pass for 346 yards and three TDs. He calmly engineered the final 36-yard drive to set up Bullock, who coolly nailed his NFL field goal.

Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes as the Chargers gave their fans a tantalizing start under McCoy — and an agonizing reminder of last season, when they blew five halftime leads.

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