Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson had a 99-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to help the Kansas City Chiefs rally to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 on Thursday.
Andy Reid’s men scored 20 straight points to secure victory.
A seventh-round pick, Watson was making his first NFL start.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes had 231 passing yards and two touchdown passes to help KC (2-0) beat its American West Division rivals.
Justin Herbert and the Chargers (1-1) were able to build a 10-point lead when the young quarterback spotted Mike Williams in the end zone.
Wlliams made it 17:7 in favor of the visitors with an acrobatic catch.
But the Chiefs were able to close the gap when Mahomes connected with Justin Watson on a 41-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to three points.
A Matt Ammendola field goal followed before Watson blew up Arrowhead Stadium by making Herbert pay dearly for a poor decision.
Ammendola, who was on duty due to an injury to Harrison Butker, added three points before Herbert managed to orchestrate the final drive leading to a touchdown with Josh Palmer with just over a minute left.
The Chargers’ third-year quarterback, who took plenty of hits in a physical game, finished the game with 334 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a hard tackle to the ribs. He returned to his position, but the pain was visible after a few games.
The quarterback was to undergo tests after the game to assess the situation. His head coach, Brandon Staley, agreed he was shaken up but said he wasn’t worried he was seriously hurt.