Coming off ACL surgery that wiped out most of his 2012 season, the Houston Texans' All-Pro linebacker was a step slower than normal Monday night as he knocked off the rust.
Then came a brilliant, sprawling interception. Dropping back into coverage, Cushing read San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' pass, dove and snatched the ball while going to the turf. Cushing popped up and returned the interception for a game-tying touchdown, which set up the Texans' 31-28 win.
"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," Cushing said, per the Houston Chronicle. "You can't get down in certain situations, and there will be better days and this is one of them."
It took a long time for Cushing and the Texans' defense to take hold of the game but, when given the opening, they seized it.