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


For all the pregame buzz surrounding two elite players in Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, seventh-round pick Jaylen Watson stole the show when he caught a six-touchdown 99-yard drive to put the Chiefs up in the 4th quarter. before 24-17.

The rookie, who once took a break from the sport at the college level and worked at a Wendy’s, has not had an easy road and was thrilled with his performance.

“I’ve been working my ass off and if the time comes when somebody goes down, I’m going to be ready and prepared, and that’s what happened,” Watson said after the game.

“Honestly, I woke up knowing I was going to get a selection,” he said. “I knew, being a seventh grader, being my first start, I was going to get a lot of tests early, and I felt like I was going to get one today, and that’s what happened.

“I was shocked. I still knew I was going to get one, but obviously I was shocked when it happened.”

The Chiefs got off to a slow start, Mahomes was handled well by an aggressive Chargers defense that limited the home team to 13 yards in the first quarter.

LA took a 10-point lead after Herbert scored his first touchdown of the night, finding Alexander Horvath on a one-yard shot three seconds into the second quarter, but Mahomes showed his class when he sidearmed a nine-yard touchdown pass. Jerick McKinnon early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 10-7.

The Chargers’ Mike Williams made a brilliant one-handed catch with 9:52 left in the third to make it 17-7 before Mahomes followed with a 75-yard, seven-play, 41-yard bomb to Justin Watson only two. A minute and a half later to reduce the gap to three.

With the score tied after a Matt Ammendola field goal early in the fourth, it was Jaylen Watson’s time to shine. The cornerback out of Washington State intercepted Herbert’s kick just yards from the goal line before slotting it home to give the Chiefs their first lead of the game.

Things took a turn for the worse for the Chargers when Chiefs defensive end Herbert hit the ground on Mike Danna’s release, taking a shot to the ribs with 5:06 left in the fourth.

Despite playing the rest of the game, he was clearly struggling and Chargers fans now have to wait to hear if there is an injury to the quarterback.

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

After the game, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley’s coaches were very positive about Herbert’s fitness.

“You’re not going to see a quarterback at any level of football play harder and do more for his team and give his team more chances 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 came back and gave us a chance.”

Despite the loss, the Chargers will be pleased with their start to the season after beating the Las Vegas Raiders 24-19 in Week 1 before coming so close to a powerful Chiefs team.