Houston's Tony Zendejas kicked a 51-yard field goal with two seconds to play -- his third three-pointer of the game -- to lift the Oilers to a 37-35 NFL victory over the San Diego Chargers today.
Zendejas' game-winner completed a drive by the Oilers that included a 25-yard pass from Oliver Luck to wide receiver Tim Smith with seven seconds to play. That gave the Oilers (5-7) a first down at the Chargers' 33 and brought on Zendejas.
Houston's comeback spoiled an outstanding performance by San Diego's Dan Fouts, who threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Lionel James and a game-tying 11-yarder to Wes Chandler with 39 seconds to play. Bob Thomas' extra point gave the Chargers a 35-34 lead.
Luck threw a touchdown pass in his first start since 1983 and Mike Rozier scored two touchdowns, his second giving Houston a 34-28 lead with 1:32 to play.
Fouts rallied his team from a 17-0 first half deficit with a 67-yard touchdown pass and Tim Spencer scored two touchdowns to give the Chargers (5-7) a 28-27 lead with 7:20 to play.
The Chargers took the lead for the first time with 2:25 left in the third quarter on a two-yard run by Buford McGee. The Oilers, who led by 17-7 at the half, regained the lead on Rozier's three-yard run but Spencer's 15-yard run and Bob Thomas' extra point gave the Chargers a 28-27 advantage.
Fouts, who had his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season, threw the Chargers' longest touchdown pass of the season with a 67-yarder to James, who leaped high at the sideline and outfought Richard Johnson for the ball.
San Diego fell behind 17-0 and suffered five turnovers in the first half before starting a rally with Spencer's one-yard touchdown dive with 1:47 to go in the half.