Rookie Jaylen Watson, playing only because starting cornerback Trent McDuffie was placed on injured reserve this week, delivered the biggest play of the game so far in the fourth quarter. With the Chargers facing a first-and-goal from the 3, Watson intercepted a Justin Herbert pass and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Chiefs ahead 24-17.
THE ROOK WITH A 99-YARD PICK SIX‼️ @jaylenwatson12 pic.twitter.com/fNZkRQL1wU— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 16, 2022
The Kansas City Chiefs cut their deficit to 17-14 in the third quarter on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Watson. Mahomes stepped up in the pocket and threw off his back foot, but the ball was still perfectly placed. This was Watson's first touchdown since 2019, when he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
J. WATSIX !!!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 16, 2022
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The Chiefs' first touchdown of Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers came after Mahomes was flushed from the pocket. He scrambled to his right and threw sidearm to running back Jerick McKinnon, who found his way into the end zone to complete the 9-yard touchdown play. The play allowed the Chiefs to cut their deficit to 10-7 in the second quarter.
🚨 SIDEARM TOUCHDOWN 🚨@PatrickMahomes x @JetMckinnon1 pic.twitter.com/aP0TdtmSxE— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 16, 2022