Pro Football; Chargers Now 1-2 after Falling to Texans 27-20

Another Second Half Swoon Dooms the Bolts

The Chargers dropped another game to the Houston Texans, 27-20. Los Angeles is now 1-2 on the season after suffering a second-half swoon Sunday. The Chargers were leading 17-7 when they imploded in the second half for the third time this season.

The game started out with a blast as cornerback Desmond King recovered a fumble and returned it to the Houtson 15-yard line. Phillip Rivers wasted no time. He found Keenan Allen in the front corner of the end zone for a TD and a 7-0 lead.

The defense forced a three-and-out on the next Texan drive. The Bolts drove to the Houston six-yard line. A TD was brought back by a holding penalty against left guard Dan Feeney and the Chargers settled for a Ty Long 35 yard field goal giving them a 10-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Texans took ball down into the Chargers’ red zone. Joey Bosa helped Houston get there with a roughing-the-passer penalty. Quarterback Deshaun Watson tossed a scoring pass to tight end Darren Fells to make it 10-7.

Rivers marched the Chargers down the field with a minute and forty seconds left in the half. The drive culminated when Rivers nailed Allen on a crossing route who as untouched as he went into the ed zone for the score, making it 17-10 at the half.


The Chargers offense imploded in the second half. Fumbles, penaties on both sides of the ball hurt the Bolts. The Texans scored twice in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Watson escaped a sack and tossed a pass to  Jordan Akins who scored to make it 26-1. The Chargers last score was on a 43-yard field goal by Long.

The Chargers will face off against the Denver Broncos next week. Houston will play the Falcons.

Photos by Scott Padgett