Sunday, November 27, 2016

Osweiler's three interceptions dooms the Houston Texans to a 21-13 loss to San Diego

Brock Osweiler (17) scored the Houston Texans' only touchdown
on a one-yard run in the second quarter.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography,
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 27, 2016) Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw three interceptions and the San Diego defense limited Houston to one touchdown and two field goals as Texans fell to the Chargers 21-13 in front of 71,897 fans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The loss drops the Texans to 6-5 while the Chargers raised their record to 5-6.

After a uneventful first quarter, it took the Texans a little under 20 minutes to finally get on the scoreboard with the first touchdown of the game. Osweiler scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper to cap the 72-yard, 10 play drive that lasted 5:16. Nick Novak added the obligatory extra point to give Houston a 7-0 lead at the 11:11 mark in the second quarter. San Diego responded four and one-half minutes later with their own touchdown; a 52-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Dontrelle Inman. Their scoring drive covered 74 yards in 4:27 and took six plays. Josh Lambo evened the score at seven with the kicking extra point.

Dontrelle Inman (15) caught six passes for 119 yards
and one touchdown against the Texans.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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The Chargers took the lead with 1:54 remaining in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Tyrell Williams. The San Diego drive began when Osweiler was picked off by Casey Howard at the 4:47 mark in the quarter. The pass was intended for DeAndre Hopkins gave the Chargers the ball on their own 37-yard line. They covered the 63 yards for the score in five plays and 2:53. Osweiler has thrown eight interception at home this season; all of them intended for DeAndre Hopkins. Houston cut the Chargers’ lead to four points with 55 seconds gone in the fourth quarter. Novak booted a 19-yard field goal to cap a 36-yard, nine play drive. San Diego responded with a 12-yard pass from Rivers to Hunter Henry to take the score to 21-10 in favor of the Chargers. Houston added a 45-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Osweiler completed 22-of-37 passes for 246 yards, while Lamar Miller led the ground game with 57 yards in 19 carries. Hopkins caught five passes for 70 yards. For the Chargers, Rivers was 22-of-30 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Inman caught the ball six times for 119 yards and one touchdown, while Melvin Gordon carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Houston falls to 2-5 overall against the Chargers and 1-3 against them at home. The loss to San Diego was the Texans first home loss of the season and drops head coach Bill O’Brien career regular season record to 25-19. Next up for the Texans are two road games; a December 4 matchup against the Green Bay Packers and a December 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts. They will return to NRG Stadium on December 18 for a 12 noon CST matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by a Christmas Eve game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They will close of the 2016 regular season on the road against the Tennessee Titans on New Year’s Day.

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