The Kansas City Chiefs were so close to losing to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football.

The win was within the Chargers grasp. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get the job done, all because of one play.

Jaylen Watson, the Chiefs seventh-round pick in 2022, showed up out of nowhere. While he didn’t surprise himself, and actually said after the game that he knew he would have an interception, he did surprise some of his teammates.

“That’s a big time play right there,” Chris Jones told the media when asked about the pick-six. “Thursday Night Football. 99 or 98? 99. That’s impressive. For a rookie, that is impressive. Kudos to him, those are hard to come by. Damn. I didn’t know it was 99, that’s impressive.”

”Yeah it was a big play. I think they were in the red zone, and for that to happen, it changed the whole dynamic of the game.”

Watson’s pick-six did in fact change the entire game. It looked like the Chiefs were about to be 1-1 on the year, but because of a bad read by Herbert, Watson made a good read.

Jones has now been in this league for a while, and he has been pretty dang good at his job. He is one of the best pass rushers in the league, as he showed last night. Without two sacks, two quarterback hits, and one pass deflection, the Chiefs wouldn’t have won the game. However, that 99-yard pick-six was the one play that changed everything.

Watson also had four tackles and a pass deflection. According to NFL Research on Twitter, Watson’s 99-yard pick-six is the longest go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown scored by a rookie in NFL history.

I think it is safe to say that the Chiefs could have the steal of the draft on their hands.

There is something about an accomplished player like Jones giving the seventh-round rookie praise for his play.

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