The Chiefs’ 21-14 win over the Chargers Monday night wouldn’t have happened without the Chiefs’ two second-round draft rookies, who combined for a team record for punt return yardage.
Dexter McCluster, taken by the Chiefs out of Ole Miss with the 36th overall pick, and Javier Arenas, taken 50th overall out of Alabama, combined for 160 punt return yards, the most the Chiefs have ever had in one game.
McCluster’s 94-yard touchdown return was also the longest in team history, beating Dante Hall’s record by one yard. McCluster said after the game that he had been inspired on Saturday by watching highlights of Hall on YouTube.
“I was like: ‘Man, I’m going to try to do something like that,’” McCluster said.
In reality, McCluster ended up doing something better.