Texans lose first game at home 21-13 to Chargers
HOUSTON – The Texans suffered their first defeat at home this season in a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Houston (6-5) had four turnovers, including three interceptions by QB Brock Osweiler. He rushed for a touchdown and threw for 207 yards.
Phillip Rivers threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to help San Diego improve to 5-6.
The Texans took a 7-0 lead after Osweiler plunged into the end zone from one yard out early in the second quarter.
Rivers hit Dontrelle Inman for a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.
Then Rivers connected on a 21-yard TD pass to Tyrone Williams to give San Diego the 14-7 lead late in the second quarter.
The teams traded turnovers in the third quarter, but neither team scored in the quarter.
The Texans were thwarted in a first and goal situation. Nick Novak made a 19-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10 early in the fourth quarter.
But Rivers and the Chargers marched down the field leading to a Rivers' TD pass to Hunter Henry for a 21-10 lead.
The Texans were driving with under 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but were stopped on fourth down.
Novak made a 45-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the game.
The Texans pulled off a successful onside kick, but couldn't find the end zone on two Hail Mary attempts. The game ended on an Osweiler interception.
With the loss, the Texans lead in the AFC South shrinks -- Houston is 6-5, Tennessee is 6-6 and Indianapolis is 5-6.
Houston travels to Green Bay next Sunday to take on the Packers.
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