Thursday Night Football: Chiefs hold off Chargers 27-24 as rookie Jaylen Watson stars

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Jaylen Watson was working at a Wendy’s managed by his mother in Augusta, Georgia, three years ago as he waited for a chance to continue his football career. He finally became academically eligible and finished his college career at Washington State.

On Thursday night, before a national television audience, Watson starred for the Chiefs.

The seventh-round draft selection’s 99-yard, pick-six turned around the game, helping the Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Chargers.

Watson’s game-changing play — the longest go-ahead, fourth-quarter touchdown scored by a rookie in NFL history — came with the Chargers at the 3-yard line and on the verge of breaking a 17-17 tie. He stepped in front of Gerald Everett and took the interception the distance.

The Chargers blew a 10-point, second-half lead as the Chiefs scored 20 points in a row before Justin Herbert threw a late touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer. Los Angeles didn’t recover the onside kick with 1:11 left — though the ball was free for a moment — ending their comeback hopes.

Herbert was pummeled after losing center Corey Linsley, who didn’t play the second half because of a knee injury, and right tackle Trey Pipkins, who went out in the second half with an ankle injury. A hard hit by Chiefs linebacker Mike Danna to Herbert’s midsection left the quarterback in obvious pain the rest of the game.

Danna’s hit forced Herbert to leave for one play, with Chase Daniel replacing him.

Herbert finished 33-of-48 for 334 yards with three touchdowns and the pick-six.

Patrick Mahomes, who had two potential interceptions dropped by Asante Samuel, went 24-of-35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He threw scoring strikes of 9 yards to Jerick McKinnon and 41 yards to Justin Watson.

Matt Ammendola, filling in for injured kicker Harrison Butker, kicked field goals of 19 and 31 yards.

44 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Chiefs hold off Chargers 27-24 as rookie Jaylen Watson stars

  1. Thanks for attending the 2022-23 season, Chargers. Your irrelevancy even in your “hometown” is validated by your inept play in the most clutch games. You may now commence to duel the Broncos for last place in the AFCW.

  2. The “1 year” dynasty is back!!! As a Chiefs fan we don’t call them a dynasty. Our haters do…. Guessing Herbert has fractured ribs, he’s tough and fun to watch. KC needs some DB’s ASAP!

  3. Hangers defense is fun to watch. If they stay healthy, they’re going to be a problem. KC wasn’t near as clean, but games after 3 days rest is nonsense. 2-0 despite lack of preparation. 10 days rest now. Go Chiefs!

  4. I find it utterly unimaginable that Justin Herbert can lose a game like this – or even throw an incompletion. I’m left scratching my head, since the media is unanimous in making him out to be a Hall of Famer after 2 years and 2 games. Nice pick-6. Let’s just settle down, everyone.

  5. Justin Herbert is the most overhyped sub .500 player in NFL history. Wait, let me check Burrow’s record…he’s sub .500 too.

  6. cant believe they put herbert back in…
    .
    he looked 1 hit away from out for the season. i get he is going to say “no, I’m ok coach” but come on.
    .

  7. If Justin Herbert decides to do a long-term deal with the Chargers, he will become known as the Mike Trout of the NFL. This guy is way too great. He’s need more talented and reliable help on offense.

  8. Mahomes is so lucky. he chucked some real junk out there, and he’s lucky picks were dropped.

  9. Mahomes looked pretty average when he’s not playing the Cardinals mediocre defense. A pick six at the goal line from losing to the Chargers but luckily Herbert is incredibly not clutch.

  10. Thursday games are always ragged and tonight was no exception Mahommes looked out of sync and the Chargers had plays they would have made if they had more rest. Considering the short turnaround it was a competitive game but the fact the NFL sacrifices quality to fill air time is disheartening

  11. I really don’t want to see any more people crying about Josh Allen risking injury while running, when it’s plain that any QB’s season can come to an end by standing in the pocket
    Herbert got bounced around like a Nerf ball just standing there.

  12. Same old Chargers doing Chargers things, like 99 yard pick-sixes when you’re about to take the lead. Like getting your franchise qb nearly killed. If a team is gonna challenge KC, it ain’t LAC.

  13. Gosh, Khalil Mack was soooo dominating tonight! One whole tackle and one assists on a sack!

    So typical. He has one good game and takes the next five off. Don’t believe me? Just any true Bears fan…

  14. The announcers tonight kept talking up Herbert like he was killing it. The truth is he missed two open receivers on third downs in the first half that kept the chargers from extending their lead. And he failed to make an adjustment when Jones moved inside while backed up at the goal line.
    Late in the game he forces a throw that gets picked.
    He didn’t play well he just threw hard,and Williams saved him a couple ties with rediculous catches.
    He’ll have to play better to get into the playoffs In that division this year.

  15. I feel badly typing this because I’m so thankful for everything he’s done as a Patriot but LOL JC Jackson. Way to sleeper cell a rival AFC threat hahahaha

  16. Chiefs fan here. How the hell is Herbert not clutch?! I just watched that guy come back from what I can only guess is cracked ribs, serious pain, a battered line, and throws lasers to score late in the fourth. The chiefs D played fantastic, Herbert played great, I’m sad to see him injured. Happy for a tough divisional win.

  17. pittsburghdamned says:
    September 15, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Mahomes is so lucky. he chucked some real junk out there, and he’s lucky picks were dropped
    _______________________

    Yeah, sounds like a goat I know.

  18. An interception dropped by Asante Samuel you say??? Don’t tell me….it went straight through his hands…..amirite???

    Signed,

    Patriot Nation

  19. Mahomes showed why he is the man. He is the ultimate team player. Everyone on D showed up and Chris Jones collapsed the pocket to the point that ultimately Herbert couldn’t handle it and got hurt.

  20. The interception wasn’t Herbert’s fault. The dude he was throwing to was supposed to cut back in, but didn’t do so. That dude wanted to leave the game for a rest. That didn’t happen due to the Chargers running hurry up. Still, I didn’t like the play call at all.

  21. Chargers are the Notre Dame of the NFL.

    Always over rated in rankings. Especially the the ‘expert’ sports writers.

  22. I had to stop watching when they took a commercial break with 5 seconds left in the half in an obvious kneeldown situation. The breaks were as disruptive as Ed Hoculi was officiating a game.

  23. Chargers don’t have it in them to beat the Chiefs or other top teams. How many junk Mahomes tosses did Chargers DBs drop in that game? 3?

  24. Chiefs fan here….I was at the game last night. The Chargers are a good team and are going to be a problem. The Chiefs played tough when they had to, but the Chargers could have won that game. Much respect to Herbert and crew.

  25. “two potential interceptions dropped by Asante Samuel”… Picking up right where his Father left off…. dropping balls in BIG games

  26. I have no skin in that game, but the Chargers defense looked tough. Easily could have gone either way. Entertaining game.

  27. Good game!! Both QB’s played well but Mahomes has the edge with that “what the hell did he just do” ability.

  28. Chargers are the Notre Dame of the NFL.

    Always over rated in rankings. Especially the the ‘expert’ sports writers.
    ==========

    Franchise QB. Very good/possibly great defense.

    Thats where I’d start if I was building a team.

  29. Gosh, Khalil Mack was soooo dominating tonight! One whole tackle and one assists on a sack!

    So typical. He has one good game and takes the next five off. Don’t believe me? Just any true Bears fan…
    ===========

    On a Bears D where he could be doubled every down, or even triple teamed.

    Can’t do that with Bosa on the other side, even less so if they are on the same side.

    Thats a scary D if everyone stays healthy. Most teams aren’t going to be able to match up.

  30. nite2al says:
    September 15, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Justin Herbert is the most overhyped sub .500 player in NFL history. Wait, let me check Burrow’s record…he’s sub .500 too.

    =======

    As someone who routinely hypes a QB who hasn’t accomplished anything in the postseason, I think you can appreciate the subjective nature of hype.

    Hype seems to accompany anticipation, and Herbert has had among the most incredible first couple seasons, stats-wise, of any QB in memory. So it’s no surprise. He hasn’t proven he can go to the next level, which he needs to do before he can be considered great. Right now the outcomes are falling short of the talent.

    As for Burrow, he has played on a sketchy team yet still got them to the Super Bowl. Win or lose, that’s a landmark accomplishment.

  31. There was an NFL game last night ???? Didn’t see any of my cable channels carrying it,… ‘sarcasm’.
    Pretty soon NFL, MLB, NBA games will all be PPV.

  32. The Chiefs lost this game last year and went on to host the AFCCG. The Chargers could very well do the same. Best 3 teams in the league are Chiefs, Bills, Chargers. One of these three will win the SB. It’s going to be a fun season!

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