Jaylen Watson’s Comeback As A Pick-Six’s Hero To Help The Chiefs

An unheralded seventh-round draught pick who just a few years ago was working alongside his mother at a Wendy’s restaurant stole the show in a game between two of the finest teams in the league, led by two of the game’s brilliant young quarterbacks. The contest was between the Chiefs and the Chargers.

Jaylen Watson of the Chiefs intercepted Justin Herbert near the goal line early in the fourth quarter of the game on Thursday night. Watson then went the opposite way and was never touched on a 99-yard go-ahead touchdown that drove Kansas City to a victory of 27-24.

Later, Watson said, “I don’t even remember what happened at that point.” “Everything seems so unreal.”

Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Chiefs, threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns (one each to Jerick McKinnon and Justin Watson), while Matt Ammendola, who was subbing for an injured Harrison Butker, kicked field goals with no misses. But the Chiefs’ defense and a highlight-reel interception by Watson allowed Kansas City (2-0) to overcome its early issues and win an early divisional test. Watson made a highlight-reel interception.

Jaylen Watson
Jaylen Watson

Andy Reid, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, stated that “the thing that I’m most pleased with is that we kept together. Nobody was willing to take responsibility.”

After Watson scored the touchdown that put the Chargers (1-1) in the lead, things went from bad to worse for the Chargers when defensive end Mike Danna hit quarterback Justin Herbert while he was throwing the ball. He left the field while clutching his side, returned one play later, and then threw an interception that resulted in a punt for the Chargers, who were behind 24-17 at the time.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire immediately broke through the defense on the run for 52 yards, which allowed Kansas City to set up a field goal.

It was a valiant effort from Herbert, who finished with 334 yards passing and three touchdown passes, to keep the Chargers in the game. He struck Joshua Palmer in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal to bring Los Angeles closer to the score of 27-24, with just over a minute left to play in the game. He threw a dart that covered 36 yards on fourth down to extend their ensuing drive.

Kansas City won the game by regaining possession of the onside kick and running out the remaining time.

“You’re not going to see a quarterback in any level of football play tougher and do more for his team and will his team and give them a chance than him,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said of Herbert, who was getting X-rays and wasn’t available after the game. “You’re not going to see a quarterback in any level of football play tougher and do more for his team and will his team and give them a chance than him,” Staley said of Herbert. “No one else is capable of doing what he is capable of. Nobody. He had a lot of guts to do what he did. He demonstrated as he does for us daily, that we are never entirely out of the fight. He saved us and provided us with another opportunity.”

The highly anticipated matchup between two of the league’s most prolific quarterbacks, surrounded by great playmakers, quickly morphed into a defensive slugfest even though the game was being played between two of the most successful passers in the league.

The Chiefs could only gain 13 yards in the first quarter thanks to the constant pressure from Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, and Derwin James Jr. was virtually everywhere. The Chargers kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard until Mahomes threw a sidearm pass to McKinnon early in the second quarter. The Chiefs had scored 44 points the previous week in Arizona.

Even though Staley elected to play a conservative game and punted twice on fourth-and-2 situations near midfield, the Chargers had more success on the offensive side of the ball. Dustin Hopkins kicked an early field goal for the Chargers, and then Mike Williams, who dominated the smaller defensive backs for the Chiefs, placed the Chargers in position to score a touchdown by passing a short ball to Zander Horvath.

On the first drive of the second half, Staley went for it on fourth down to take advantage of the opportunity. Williams then made a one-handed grab around Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed to give the Chargers a 17-7 lead on the next play after Austin Ekeler had recovered the ball.

When Mahomes threw an interception that Asante Samuel Jr. picked up on the Chiefs’ following possession, it looked like the game was getting away from them. However, replays demonstrated that Samuel did not have control of the ball, and the official decision was reversed as a result. Mahomes made the most of his second opportunity by scoring a touchdown by tossing a pass of 41 yards to Justin Watson.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Ammendola, who the Chiefs had only recently signed, converted a chip shot on fourth down at the goal line. This allowed the Chiefs to tie the game at 17 apiece.

That allowed Kansas City to take their first lead on Jaylen Watson’s pick-6, giving them their first advantage of the night.

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