Chiefs vs Chargers: Rookie Jaylen Watson steals the show as Kansas City edges Los Angeles 27-24




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The Kansas City Chiefs showed their experience coming from behind to edge the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 in a thrilling AFC West game against Thursday Night Football.

Despite all the pregame noise surrounding two elite point guards in Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, it was seventh-round draft pick Jaylen Watson who stole the show when he scored a 99-yard touchdown. in six picks in the 4th quarter to put the Chiefs ahead 24-17.

The rookie, who has already taken a break from the sport at the college level and worked at a Wendy’s, didn’t have an easy path and was rightly thrilled with his performance.

“I just worked hard and, if the time came when someone went down, I was going to be ready and prepared, and that’s what happened,” Watson said after the game.

“I woke up knowing I was going to have a choice, honestly,” he said. “I just knew being a seventh-rounder, having my first start, I was going to get tested a lot and early, and I just felt like I was going to get one today, and that’s what happened. past.

“I was surprised. I always knew I was going to get one, but obviously I was surprised when it happened.

The Chiefs started slow, with Mahomes tightly controlled by an aggressive Chargers defense that limited the home side to just 13 yards in the first quarter.

LA took an early 10-point lead after Herbert got his first touchdown on the night, finding Alexander Horvath on a one-yard throw three seconds into the second quarter, but Mahomes showed his class when he cocked the side a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jerick McKinnon early in the second quarter to close the gap to 10-7.

Chargers receiver Mike Williams made an outstanding one-handed catch to make it 17-7 with 9:52 left in the third before Mahomes finished a 75-yard drive in seven plays with a 41-yard bomb to Justin Watson just two and a half minutes later to cut the lead to three.

With the score tied following a basket from Matt Ammendola early in the fourth, it was time for Jaylen Watson to shine. The Washington State cornerback intercepted Herbert’s throw just a yard from the goal line before driving it home to give the Chiefs their first lead of the game.

Things went from bad to worse for the Chargers when Herbert was knocked to the ground by Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna on his release, taking a shot in the ribs with 5:06 left in the fourth.

Herbert has 10 days to recover before the next Chargers game.

Although he played the rest of the game, he was clearly struggling and Chargers fans are now eagerly waiting to hear if there is an injury break for the quarterback.

After another field goal from Ammendola to put the Chiefs up 10, Herbert pushed through the pain to fire another TD at Joshua Palmer with 1:11 left in the game, but it wasn’t enough. as the Chiefs held on for victory to take them. at 2-0 on the year.

After the game, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was optimistic about Herbert’s fitness.

“You’re not going to see a quarterback at any level of football play harder and do more for their team and their team will give them a chance more than him,” Staley said. “There is no one who can do what he can do, no one. He showed a lot of courage, he showed us what he shows every day, that we are never out of the fight, and he brought us back and gave us a chance.

Despite the loss, the Chargers will be happy with the start of the season after beating the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1, 24-19, before pushing a strong Chiefs team so close.




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