Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Matt Schaub’s eyes looked worn out. His face appeared gaunt. His body was slumped and the Texans’ quarterback was as exhausted as his team. Schaub still had a few feet to walk though before he was inside the safety of the Texans’ locker room. Slowly moving past security personnel and media members Schaub didn’t say anything out loud but mouthed three words in disbelief capturing the Texans’ largest comeback win in franchise history and an embarrassing-turned-thrilling 31-28 victory against the Chargers on Monday at Qualcomm Stadium. “Oh my god” said Schaub who was 34-of-45 passing for 346 yards three touchdowns one interception and a 110 rating. Schaub’s lone INT kicked off a surreal start for the Texans who fell behind 7-0 after just 15 seconds and handed San Diego its fastest-scored offensive TD in franchise history. It took more than two quarters for the Texans to wake up. When they finally did a QB who’s regularly been picked apart by fans and critics again proved he can be an elite game-changing and game-winning leader when he’s on target and his team’s offense goes for the throat. “That’s why this team won tonight because of what he’s made of” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. After showering and putting on a dark suit Schaub found his breath. He appeared confident and was clearly proud postgame going so far as to joke the Texans did a “good job of keeping everyone awake back in Houston.” “We’re a resilient group of guys. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity over the last few years. Guys never gave up” said Schaub who guided back-to-back touchdown drives to start the third quarter and finished with a nine-play 38-yard drive in 3 minutes 53 seconds that peaked with Randy Bullock’s game-winning 41-year field goal as time expired. Schaub said the Texans discovered a new piece of their identity Monday on national television. After being coldly bounced from the playoffs during AFC divisional contests the last two seasons the Texans united against the Chargers at the same time fans and media were counting them out. “The momentum keeps building. You feel that energy and it’s contagious” said Schaub who was 22-of-27 for 199 yards and two TDs in the second half. He added: “It just shows the character of this football team and what we can become by how we finished (Monday).” The 10-year QB said no one on the team made a typical inspiring speech. Instead a squad that ended last year on a 1-4 swoon simply dug in and fought for what was at stake. “Very few things need to be said” Schaub said. “You just look each other in the eye and you just say ‘Let’s go. Let’s just make plays.’ “
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