Brian Cushing chose a good time for his first career interception returned for a touchdown.
Both he and the Houston Texans had gotten off to a slow start to the 2013 season. Not that Cushing didn't have a good reason for a little rust -- the former USC linebacker was playing his first regular-season game since a torn anterior cruciate ligament caused him to miss the final 11 games last season.
Opening the season against the San Diego Chargers on "Monday Night Football," the Texans found themselves in a 28-7 hole early in the third quarter. But after allowing four touchdown passes by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the Houston defense gave up only 10 more yards the rest of the way.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub then threw two touchdown passes of his own, but it was Cushing who completed the comeback by diving for a Rivers pass, then popping back up to go 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 9:30 remaining.
“We knew we could do it,” said Cushing, who finished with five tackles. “We felt the momentum. We had no business winning the game … [but] we felt like we could do it the whole time. We never got down on ourselves. We were just able to make that comeback.”
He added: “A lot of things were going wrong for me last year and a lot of things are going right for me this year. That’s just how it works, I guess. You can’t get down in certain situations and there will be better days and this is one of them.”