NFL Chargers Sept. 22, 2019
Philip Rivers sets back to pass in the fourth quarter. He played in his 211th consecutive game, placing him second on the all-time list for quarterbacks. Photo credit: Screenshot, @Chargers, via Twitter.

The Houston Texans held the Los Angeles Chargers to a field goal in the second half and erased a 10-point deficit to win 27-20 Sunday.

The Chargers drove to Houston’s 24-yard line on their final possession. A holding penalty by Trenton Scott though wiped out a 17-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Mike Williams.

The reception would have given them a first-and-goal on the Texans’ 7-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. Rivers’ final two passes fell incomplete.

The Chargers punted twice, lost a fumble and scored on a 43-yard field goal from Ty Long on their other four second-half possessions.

The Texans, meanwhile, notched touchdowns on three consecutive drives.

The Chargers (1-2) lost before an announced crowd at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson of 25,349.

Rivers completed 31 of 46 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns, both to Keenan Allen.

He started for the 211th consecutive time, breaking a tie with Eli Manning of the New York Giants for the second-most among NFL quarterbacks. Rivers’ streak began on Sept. 11, 2006.

The record for consecutive starts for an NFL quarterback is 297 by Brett Favre. Rivers moved into sixth among all players for consecutive starts.

The Texans took their first lead on Deshaun Watson’s 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Akins with 1:19 left in the third quarter. The score came six plays after Rivers fumbled on a sack.

The Chargers had led 17-7 at halftime.

Defensive back Desmond King recovered a fumble by Watson to set up the Chargers first touchdown. Rivers threw a 7-yard pass to Allen two plays later for the score.

The team settled for a 34-yard field goal by Long on their next possession, but capitalized on pass-interference penalties for their second touchdown. Rivers sent a 12-yard pass to Allen 22 seconds before halftime for the score.

The Chargers played without three starters from their season-opening 30-24 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Safety Adrian Phillips broke his forearm in last Sunday’s 13-10 loss at Detroit and must sit out at least eight weeks.

Tight end Hunter Henry missed his second game because of a knee injury. Cornerback Michael Davis also missed his second game due to a hamstring injury.

Kicker Michael Badgley missed his third game because of a groin injury. Long again took on that role, in addition to his usual punting duties.

The Chargers travel to face the Miami Dolphins (0-3) next Sunday.

 – City News Service