NFL Game Recap - Houston at LA Chargers
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

TEN
7
JAX
20
F
DET
27
PHI
24
F
NYJ
14
NE
30
F
OAK
14
MIN
34
F
BAL
28
KC
33
F
ATL
24
IND
27
F
DEN
16
GB
27
F
MIA
6
DAL
31
F
CIN
17
BUF
21
F
NYG
32
TB
31
F
CAR
38
ARI
20
F
NO
33
SEA
27
F
PIT
20
SF
24
F
HOU
27
LAC
20
F
LAR
20
CLE
13
F
CHI
31
WAS
15
F

Sep 22, 2019, 4:25 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Houston (2-1)

0

7

14

6

27

LA Chargers (1-2)

7

10

0

3

20

Watson, Watt lead way as Texans outlast Chargers, 27-20
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:31 PM

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Deshaun Watson appeared to be in Melvin Ingram's grasp until he slipped away, fled the pocket and lobbed a playground pass to wide-open tight end Jordan Akins, who sprinted away for the Houston Texans' final touchdown.

"Things went out of whack, but then Deshaun - that's just normal," Akins said. "If he's scrambling, the play is never dead."

Given Watson's escape abilities, the Texans also feel they're never out of any game, even down by double digits on the road against a tough conference rival.

Watson threw for 351 yards and hit Akins with two of his three touchdown passes, and J.J. Watt had two of the Texans' five sacks of Philip Rivers in their 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Akins made the first two TD catches of his career and fellow tight end Darren Fells also caught a TD pass for the Texans (2-1), who rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit with 20 consecutive points on the way to their franchise's second-ever win over the Chargers (1-2).

"You're never out of anything when you have him at quarterback," said Watt, who also forced a fumble by Rivers in the third quarter.

Houston went up 27-17 with 9:40 to play on that typically magical effort by Watson . The quarterback got away from Ingram and found Akins wandering free for a 53-yard catch-and-run TD.

"I was just going out there playing ball, having fun, trying to make things happen," Watson said with a smile that indicated he knows it wasn't that simple.

The Chargers trimmed the lead to seven points and then drove into Houston territory in the final minute, converting two fourth downs along the way.

But a completion that would have put the Chargers inside the Houston 10 was wiped out by a holding penalty on left tackle Trent Scott with 24 seconds to play, and Rivers threw two final incompletions.

Keenan Allen caught 13 passes for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns from Rivers, who passed for 318 yards in the Bolts' second straight frustrating loss. Los Angeles also fumbled deep in Texans territory and had an interception and a touchdown both wiped out by penalties, losing a touchdown for the third time in their two defeats.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot," Allen said. "Coming out in the second half, we're not moving the ball. Penalties every time we make a play. Score a touchdown, we get a penalty. Interception, penalty. We've got to find a way to get over that."

The Chargers have a losing record after three games for the fifth consecutive season. Los Angeles also started 1-2 last season before reeling off six straight wins during an 11-2 finish.

D.J. Reader had 1 1/2 sacks while the Texans constantly hounded Rivers, but Houston's offense was inert until Watson hit Kenny Stills on a 38-yard flea-flicker in the second quarter, followed by a 16-yard TD pass to Fells.

Rivers led an 89-yard TD drive shortly before halftime culminating in Allen's second TD on a 12-yard grab to put the Chargers up 17-7.

But Carlos Hyde scored his first touchdown for Houston on a 3-yard run midway through the third quarter, and the Texans' defense promptly created a turnover for its 16th consecutive game.

After Rivers' fumble ended Los Angeles' next drive deep in Texans territory, Watson hit a wide-open Akins for a 15-yard TD to put Houston ahead late in the third.

"The last two games, we played amazing football for three quarters," Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins said. "I'm telling you, amazing. And then the (fourth) quarter is not us."

WATT VS WATT

Watt faced off for the first time against his brother, Chargers fullback Derek Watt. They embraced and posed for photos afterward.

"There were a couple of times I actually thought about it," J.J. Watt said. "One time when he chipped me right in the ribs, which wasn't that cool. Other than that, you just snap into football mode and you don't realize it. Once I sit on the plane and actually think about it, that's a moment I'll never forget. We literally dreamt about that growing up."

OLDER MAN RIVERS

Rivers made his 209th consecutive start, tying Eli Manning for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 37-year-old Rivers sought out the 24-year-old Watson before the game.

"To come in his house and compete with him is special," Watson said. "He called my name and said, `Great job. Continue to grow and have a bright future.' And he said he'll see me in January, so I'm looking forward to that."

BIG DAY

Allen has asserted himself as one of the NFL's best receivers since the Chargers' move to Los Angeles, but he hadn't had a multi-TD receiving game since Nov. 19, 2017. He surpassed his career high in yardage on a 15-yard catch on fourth down with two minutes to play.

INJURIES

Texans: DE Charles Omenihu left the field with a knee injury shortly before halftime. He returned in the second half.

Chargers: TE Virgil Green was sidelined with a groin injury in the second half. ... Three untested defensive backs started in their injury-filled secondary when CB Michael Davis was unable to play.

UP NEXT

Texans: Return home to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Chargers: Travel to Miami to face the winless Dolphins on Sunday.

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Passing

HOU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Watson 34 25 73.5 3 351 53 0 135.8 2
LAC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
P. Rivers 46 31 67.4 2 318 34 0 101.5 5

Rushing

HOU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Hyde 10 19 1.9 10 1
D. Watson 7 18 2.6 15 0
LAC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Ekeler 9 36 4.0 11 0
J. Jackson 5 26 5.2 10 0

Receiving

HOU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Stills 4 89 22.3 38 0
J. Akins 3 73 24.3 53 2
LAC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Allen 13 183 14.1 34 2
M. Williams 3 45 15.0 20 0

Team Stats Comparison

HOU LAC
Points For 27 20
Total Yards 376 366
Rushing Yards 39 73
Passing Yards 337 293
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/34 31/46
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 20 22
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 3 2
Penalties - Yards 6/65 7/69
Time Of Possession 28:12 31:48
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/10 5/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/3 2/3
Sacks Against 2 5
Punts - Average Yards 4/45 4/48
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/17 2/-0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 0/0 1/23

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter HOU LAC
LAC 5:19 TD Keenan Allen 7 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Ty Long kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter HOU LAC
LAC 4:28 FG Ty Long 34 yd FG 0 10
HOU 6:49 TD Darren Fells 16 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 7 10
LAC 14:38 TD Keenan Allen 12 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Ty Long kick) 7 17
3rd Quarter HOU LAC
HOU 7:29 TD Carlos Hyde 3 yd run (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 14 17
HOU 13:41 TD Jordan Akins 15 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 21 17
4th Quarter HOU LAC
HOU 5:20 TD Jordan Akins 53 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (missed kick) 27 17
LAC 7:46 FG Ty Long 43 yd FG 27 20

Game Information

Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,349
Game Time: 3:17
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