SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Chargers almost made a habit of blowing halftime leads last season and a new regime didn't change that in this season's opener.
``You have to give them a lot of credit, but we had every opportunity to put that game away and we didn't do it,'' new San Diego coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday.
The Chargers led 28-7 in the third quarter Monday night before watching that advantage disappear as the Houston Texans rallied for a 31-28 victory in the season opener. The Chargers' final five second-half possessions featured four three-and-outs and an interception that Brian Cushing returned for a game-tying touchdown.
``We stubbed our toes a little too many times,'' McCoy said.
The team blew five halftime leads last season.
On Monday, the Chargers opened the second half with an 80-yard drive right after the break. San Diego's Philip Rivers already had his first four-TD passing game since November 2011.
But then the Chargers grinded to a halt, managing just 10 more yards all night as Houston's cranked-up defense took charge.
``It's one of 16 games and it's a long season,'' McCoy said. ``You got to learn from it.''
The Chargers were off Tuesday before resuming work for Sunday's game in Philadelphia. The Eagles not only got the Chargers' attention with their 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins but also with their speed. The Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half alone.
``We have a challenge in front of us but we are looking forward to it,'' McCoy said.
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