Texans vs. Chargers second quarter recap: Davis Mills shines, Houston leads 17-12

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Texans vs. Chargers first quarter recap

Chargers 3rd drive (7 plays, 70 yards, 3:38) — DE Demone Harris seemingly gets a second-and-7 sack on QB Justin Herbert from the Chargers’ 33-yard line, but he gets ticketed for an illegal use of hands to the face. Houston backed up the Chargers third-and-10 from the Texans’ 32-yard line, but Herbert found WR Keenan Allen on a crosser to pick up 15. RB Justin Jackson scored on a 17-yard touchdown run the very next play. The Chargers go for two, which forces Houston to burn a timeout as they weren’t ready. The Chargers actually run the ball on a two-point try with Jackson getting stuffed. Chargers, 12-7

Texans 3rd drive (12 plays, 42 yards, 6:04) — Chargers S Derwin James was not on the field to start the drive. The drive gets going with QB Davis Mills hitting TE Brevin Jordan on a flair out of the backfield, which he takes for a tough 11 yards. Houston goes with two consecutive RB Rex Burkhead runs of four and two yards, setting up a third-and-4 from the Texans’ 42-yard line. Mills connects with Burkhead on a dump off for four yards. RB Royce Freeman spells Burkhead, gets a carry, and goes for 13 yards. WR Chris Moore gets a holding call that backs Houston up second-and-19 from their own 35-yard line. The Texans go with a simple run from Burkhead that gets stuffed after two yards. Houston can’t convert, and then the practice squad kicker from Nuremberg, Germany, busts a 51-yard field goal right down Broadway to chip into the lead. Chargers, 12-10

Chargers 4th drive (3 plays, 25 yards, 1:14) — Nothing helps the offense like a low block on the KICKING team. The Chargers take over at their own 36-yard line as the penalty was on LB Josh Watson. Simone Biles’ boyfriend, S Jonathan Owens, intercepts Herbert at the goal line. Houston will get it at their own 6-yard line.

Texans 4th drive (7 plays, 94 yards, 3:30) — The Texans were stalling around their own goal line until Chargers DT Linval Joseph committed defensive holding, which gave Houston a first-and-10 at their own 9-yard line. Mills went downfield for a 36-yard pass to WR Phillip Dorsett. Houston reaches the two-minute warning with a first-and-10 at their own 45-yard line. Mills throws a 41-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Conley. Houston takes the lead. Texans, 17-12

Chargers 5th drive (1 play, 4 yards, 0:27) — The Chargers essentially take a knee and are content to go into halftime. Houston will get the ball to start the second half.

Stats

Texans

Mills: 11/13, 131 yards, TD

Burkhead: 9 carries, 55 yards, TD

Conley: 2 catches, 42 yards, TD

Chargers

Herbert: 11/15, 149 yards, INT

Jackson: 5 carries, 32 yards, TD; 2 catches, 34 yards

Josh Palmer: 3 catches, 34 yards