There has been a lot of talk about who could overtake the new Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The other three teams in the division have made big strides in the season, but after two weeks the Chiefs are still the kings of the best division in football. On Thursday night, Patrick Mahomes and company beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24.

Both Mahomes and Justin Herbert got off to slow starts, but eventually found their rhythms. Mahomes built on his impressive Week 1 performance, completing 24 of 35 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Herbert, meanwhile, completed 33 of 48 for 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Keenan Allen stepped up in a big way as Mike Williams caught eight passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. In the end, it wasn’t enough.

The Chiefs’ surprising decision to kick a field goal at the Chargers’ 1-yard line to start the fourth quarter tied the game at 17-all. Fans didn’t question that decision for long, as rookie Jaylen Watson picked off Herbert at the 1-yard line on the next drive and returned 99 yards the other way for the Chiefs’ first lead of the game.

Herbert suffered a chest/rib injury while trying to coordinate a comeback. When he returned, he didn’t seem to be at all comfortable. He still led a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a touchdown to Josh Palmer on fourth-and-goal, but L.A. couldn’t recover the onside kick.

Why the bosses won

The Chiefs didn’t start strong, but even when they were struggling they couldn’t go too far back. It looked like the Chargers should have had more of a lead in the first half, but they did a good job of hanging in there. The momentum came from the top 20 unanswered points in the second half as they rallied from 14-7 down to take a 27-14 lead.

The Chiefs got lucky with some close interceptions by the Chargers, especially from Asante Samuel Jr. They were about to face chaos on the goal line when the ball from Travis Kelce’s hand hit Derwin James’ body but was ruled out by touch.

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As for change, it was change that finally made a difference. The Chargers were knocking on the door of the end zone, but a 99-yard pick 6 from the Chiefs’ Jaylen Watson finally gave Kansas City its first lead of the game. Another three points sealed the deal and the Chargers ran out of time to catch up.

Why are the chargers gone?

The Chargers had the lead for most of the game, but unfortunately for them and their fans, it wasn’t who the lead was. Most of it by the time.

In the first half, they showed strong and impressive performances, but they did not have much of a lead. When it comes to playing Mahomes and the Chiefs, it’s good not to have a close lead, because it’s a team that knows how to come back.

The Chargers’ mistakes, like struggling on third down, gave Mahomes and Co. good field position in the second half, and the sixth pick behind the safety was the difference maker.

The second half was different than the first, with the Chargers unable to score as the Chargers took the lead. The Chargers scored a touchdown early in the third quarter and didn’t score again until it was too late.

Herbert wasn’t outplayed by Mahomes and held his own as the pressure mounted, but in a matchup of two elite teams, sometimes an interception makes all the difference.

Turning point

The Chiefs’ second touchdown of the day was a 41-yard pass from Mahomes to Justin Watson that started their 20-yard scoring drive. Until then, the Chargers were in control and the Chiefs seemed to need a spark and this was just that spark to start their run. The next touchdown from Watson — Jaylen Watson — gave the lead a pick 6 for good.

The game of the game

The undeniable play of the game was a 99-yard pick 6 from Jaylen Watson. According to the next gen statistics“The Chiefs’ probability of winning jumped from 31% to 85% with Watson 6 Herbert, an increase of 54%, the greatest probability of winning in the last three seasons swinging on the 6th pick.”

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What’s next?

Next up for the Chiefs are the Indianapolis Colts on September 25th. The Chiefs travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to host the AFC South team, which currently stands at 0-0-1 heading into the weekend against the Houston Texans.

The Chargers will play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 25 at Sophie Stadium. The Jaguars lost to the Washington Chiefs 28-22 in Week 1. They play the Colts on Sunday.



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