Houston Texans spoil Chargers coach's debut, 31-28
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 19:09
Andre Johnson assured football fans he is the only offensive component for the Houston Texans.
Even with the San Diego Chargers on cruise control with a comfortable three touchdown lead in the second half, the veteran receiver kick started a 21-point rally to rout the Chargers 31-28 Monday night.
Johnson recorded 149 yards from 12 receptions to commence his 11th NFL season, all with the Texans. Johnson pushed the sidelines in the remaining minutes of the season opener to set up Randy Bullock’s 41-yard field goal to cap Houston’s comeback.
"There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win that game,” Johnson said. "Even in the third quarter, we didn't come out playing that great, but we got it together and made it happen."
Texan quarterback Matt Schaub said small momentum stemming from defensive stops helped elevate regain confidence on offense.
"Once you put a score on the board, then another, and the defense gets a stop, the big turnover, it just builds," said Schaub. "Momentum keeps building, and you can feel that energy, and it's contagious."
Brian Cushing’s 18 yard touchdown evened the board, ultimately devastated Chargers’ new head coach Mike McCoy’s debut.
Charger quarterback Philip Rivers performed well within McCoy’s offensive schemes. ESPN reported fans seem reminded of last season’s coach Norv Turner, recalling five blown halftime leads throughout the 2012 season; including the 24-0 lead against McCoy’s Denver Broncos.
"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."
Rivers received a 7.7 quarterback rating from Monday’s performance. ESPN said River’s has maintained the lowest fourth quarter QBR the past two season.
"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."
Rivers peaked early in the first half following a 14-yard touchdown completion to Ryan Mathews, with insurance from Eddie Royal’s two touchdown performance and Vincent Brown.
The Texans gained momentum in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard penalty during a field-goal attempt for unnecessary roughness against the Texan’s center, for a first down inside the red zone. Schaub made quick work and capitalized for a nine-yard touchdown completion to tight end Owen Daniels.