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Vincent Brown’s diving touchdown gives Chargers two-touchdown lead at half

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Vincent Brown has had a hard time getting on the field in his brief NFL career because of injuries. On Monday, he did everything he could to stay on the field as long as he possibly could.

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With the San Diego Chargers already surprising the Houston Texans, up 14-7, Brown caught a pass from Philip Rivers on a little drag route at the 8-yard line and tried his best to beat the defense to the front corner of the end zone. Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and Brown converged, and Brown reached out the ball, grazing the pylon. But was his leg out of bounds before he hit it? The refs ruled him out after the play happened live.

No, the referees said, after they looked under the hood. It was indeed a score, the call overturned, giving the Chargers a stunning 21-7 lead that would hold up at halftime.

Brown is proving that injuries have not killed his career, and the Chargers were showing they were not the pushovers many expected them to be ... that is, before the Ghost of Norv Turner showed itself in the second half.

After the Chargers went up three touchdowns, the Texans rallied with 24 straight points to pull out a dramatic, last-second victory in San Diego.

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