Kansas City Chiefs 27 – 24 Los Angeles Chargers
If you were a neutral watching this, the Los Angeles Chargers versus Kansas City Chiefs game was the perfect introduction to the world of American football. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw a one-yard touchdown to fullback Zander Horvath to open the scoring.
Leading 10-0 by the second quarter, a moment of magic from the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to peel away from the pocket and throw a side-arm pass to running back Jerick McKinnon to bring the game back up to 10-7.
While the Chiefs eventually edged out the Chargers by the end, the game was perfectly poised at halftime, with the Chargers leading 10-7.
Another sublime catch from Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams secured the second touchdown for the visitors. However, the Chiefs were not down and out, as Mahomes led the fightback for the home team, throwing a perfect touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Watson.
So, the late resurgence from the Chiefs saw them come back to tie the game 17-17 by the beginning of the fourth quarter. There is one defensive play that stood out from this entire game, after one interception turned the game on its head in the fourth quarter.
As the Chargers were sitting on the first and goal-line at the 3, with ample time to take the lead against the Chiefs. But, Herbert’s pass was intercepted by rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson, who returned the ball an astonishing 99 yards for a touchdown.
Things got worse for the Chargers when Herbet was slammed by defensive end Mike Danna, and left the field holding his side. He returned one play later, only to throw an incomplete pass.
The Chargers were forced to punt, and Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire set off on a 52-yard run. This run set up a field goal for the Chiefs, who then led by 27-17.
Herbert still tried to keep the game alive for the Chargers, despite his slight knock – finding wide receiver Joshua Palmer in the endzone to pull them to 24-27 with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter.
However, the Chiefs remained disciplined and ran down the clock for a crucial win in the AFC West division. A comeback victory for the Chiefs was certainly not easy, as the Chargers defense gave them plenty to mull over.
But the pick-six from rookie Jaylen Watson was the turning point that swung the pendulum in the Chiefs direction, and pulled the game away from the Chargers.