Thanks to a two game winning streak, and the Kansas City Chiefs returning to Earth, the Chargers playoff chances actually have a glimmer of hope. San Diego picked a great time to pick up their first road win of 2010, beating the Texans 29-23 in Houston.
Philip Rivers was forced to go to battle without three top receivers, and all-pro tight end Antonio Gates, but Rivers found other weapons on this day.
After falling behind early, after the Chargers allowed yet another blocked punt, their fifth of the season, Philip Rivers hooked up with undrafted rookie wideout Seyi Ajriotutu on a 55 yard bomb, as "Tutu" blew past the safety. Ajriotutu finished up with 4 catches for 111, including a huge first down grab late in the 4th quarter.
Arian Foster continued his assault on the NFL, carrying the ball 27 times, for 127 yards, and two scores. However, he was a non-factor in the fourth quarter, as he had only two carries.
The Chargers trailed 23-14 midway through the 3rd quarter, but Philip Rivers continued to find ways to make plays. He spread the ball all around, hooking up with Patrick Crayton for a big gain. Rivers got the Bolts within two, when he hooked up with backup tight end Randy McMichael on a 12 yard score, McMichael made a sensational one-handed-catch for added dramatic effect.
Rivers put the Chargers ahead for good in the 4th, hooking up with Tutu once again on a 28 yard strike, as he streaked down the sideline all alone for the score. The Chargers decided to go for two, with Mike Tolbert diving into the endzone, putting the Bolts up for good, 29-23.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub led the Texans into Chargers territory, but wideout Andre Johnson dropped a pass, and it landed in the arms of Chargers safety Paul Oliver, and the Chargers escaped Texas with a win. They head into their bye week at 4-5, with a terrible Denver team awaiting them in two weeks. Hopefully the Chargers can get healthy, and make another run into the postseason.
Notes: Mike Scifres had his 5th punt blocked this season. Harry Newsome of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the record of 6, set during the 1988 season.
Philip Rivers leads the NFL with 2,649 yards this season, and is tied for second with 15 TD passes.