Chargers 24-27 Chiefs: Wild Wild West still belongs to the Chiefs, plucky Chargers remain a sidekick

The Kansas City Chiefs are not willing to relinquish their dominance of the AFC West and that was demonstrated in the NFL’s Week 2 opener as they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24, who were unable to close out a game they dominated for much of the time on Thursday Night Football.

The Chargers’ defense pressured Patrick Mahomes throughout the game, putting him very close to committing interceptions that in the end did not materialize and a mistake by Justin Herbert ended up being the key for Kansas City to come from behind.

Justin Herbert’s mistake, the key to the game

The game was tied 17-17 and the Chargers were one yard away from taking a seven-point lead with 10:43 minutes to play in the fourth period when Herbert made a highly unusual mistake, as he threw a completely hurried pass that was intercepted by rookie Jaylen Watson, who returned it 99 yards to the end zone to turn Arrowhead Stadium into a madhouse.

Herbert’s bad mistake wasn’t necessarily what hurt him the most in the game, as a couple of offensive series later he took a hard hit to the ribs from LB Mike Danna, which forced him to leave the game for one play, however, when he returned, he was seriously hurt.

Not Patrick Mahomes’ best game

As far as Mahomes is concerned, despite not having the best numbers we are used to (24 of 35 pass completions for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions), he showed his great talent, especially with a spectacular nine-yard underarm pass to Jerick McKinnon in the second quarter that got Kansas City into the game when they were completely dominated.

What’s next for the Chiefs and Chargers?

With this result, the Chiefs (2-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC West and will face the visiting Indianapolis Colts in Week 3 on Sunday, September 25, while the Chargers (1-1) will seek revenge on the same day when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.