After a few lackluster seasons, the San Diego Chargers fired their head coach Norv Turner and replaced him with Mike McCoy. However, Monday night, the Chargers showed nothing has changed as they choked away a 28-7 lead and lost to the Houston Texans, 31-28, in their season opening game.
The Texans scored 24 consecutive points in the final 20 minutes. Schaub threw 2 passes for touchdowns, Brian Cushing returned an interception for a TD and Randy Bullock kicked a 41 yarder for the win with no time left on the clock.
After the game, McCoy seemed to be Captain Obvious in his postgame interview. “The effort was there,” he said to ESPN. “They did a nice job. We just didn’t finish it. It comes down to not finishing a football game.”
Schaub completed 34 of 45 passes for 346 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Andre Johnson caught 12 receptions for 146 yards, Owen Daniels caught TD passes of 1 and 9 yards.
“Once you put a score on the board, then another, and the defense gets a stop, the big turnover, it just builds, ” Schaub told ESPN. “Momentum keeps building, and you can feel that energy, and it’s contagious.
Making Schaub’s job easier were the running back duo of Arian Foster (18 carries for 57 yards) and Ben Tate (9 carries for 55 yards).
Philip Rivers completed 14 of 29 passes for 195 yards, and 4 TD’s. The pick 6 was the only mistake he made all game and it proved quite costly, ruining an otherwise good game for him.
“You lose this way, and it stings a little more,” Rivers said to ESPN. “It’s disappointing we didn’t finish the game, because we had control. You’ve got to play all four quarters.”
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