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Texans rally from 21 down to stun Chargers 31-28

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 2:01 a.m. MDT

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown, right, scores past Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in San Diego.  (Gregory Bull, Associated Press) San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown, right, scores past Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull, Associated 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.

Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham, right, scores between San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird, left, and running back Ronnie Brown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in San Diego.  (Denis Poroy, Associated Press) Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham, right, scores between San Diego Chargers linebacker Bront Bird, left, and running back Ronnie Brown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in San Diego. (Denis Poroy, Associated Press)

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