SOME SHORT NOTES FROM THE GAME ARE HERE
at Sep 16, 2022, 01:19
On Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in a thrilling victory to maintain their perfect record so far this season.
Here are some basic observations and game information.
First cornerback The game’s play was overseen by Jaylen Watson.
With a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter on Thursday, Watson turned the tide of the contest. The play gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game and resulted in a 14-point swing.
In the fourth quarter of a game, Watson became the first player since 2017 to capture a pick-six of at least 99 yards thanks to his efforts. Additionally, Watson currently holds the record for the longest fourth-quarter touchdown with a lead in NFL history for a rookie.
NFL players that have ever scored a 99-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter to seize the lead include: Against LAC, Jaylen Watson, last night Shaun Gayle vs. NYG pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J on 12/23/1995
@BetweenTheNums Greg Harvey September 16, 2022 2. Chris Jones, a defensive lineman, also made some significant plays.
With six pressures and two sacks on Thursday’s game, Jones was terrific. It’s important to note that both of his sacks came on third downs, which caused an offensively constrained field and allowed the Chiefs to tie the game at 17 points each.
On Thursday, the Chiefs’ pass rush was unrelenting as Justin Hebert, the quarterback for the Chargers, felt pressure on 18 of his dropbacks. Eight quarterback hits were made as a result of that swarming effort, and they were distributed among Chris Jones (2), defensive ends Frank Clark (1), Mike Danna (1), Carlos Dunlap (1), George Karlaftis (1), Willie Gay (1), and Leo Chenal (1). (1).
On Thursday, the Chargers occasionally moved the ball, but when it mattered, the Chiefs’ defense frequently came through in a big manner. Los Angeles only converted 5-of-16 third downs, and they also had six punts. Los Angeles also only scored on one of its last eight drives after scoring on each of its first two possessions.
Through two games, Kansas City’s young defense has been particularly effective on third down, holding opponents to just 8 of 28 attempts. For reference, eight third down conversions were allowed by seven teams in just Week 1.
4. Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback, displayed courage in his performance.
Although there wasn’t the same offensive explosion as in Week 1, Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense overcame some early difficulties to win on Thursday night.
In the contest, Mahomes passed former quarterback Alex Smith for the third-most passing completions (1,604) in franchise history by completing 24-of-35 throws for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Trent Green (1,720) and Len Dawson (2,115) had more records combined.
At this point in the season, the 26-year-old Mahomes has seven passing touchdowns and no picks.
@PatrickMahomes in 2022 for quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era with a completion percentage of 70% or more, seven passing touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the first two games of the season. In 2019, Mahomes (SB MVP) @Lj_era8 (NFL MVP) in 2019 #ChiefsKingdom #TNFonPrime
Travis Kelce, a tight end, keeps breaking records, according to NFL Research (@NFLResearch) pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 0 5.
By overtaking Jimmy Graham, Kelce now has the sixth-most receptions of any tight end in NFL history. Kelce led all pass catchers with five grabs for 51 yards. Kelce needs just 26 more catches to surpass Greg Olsen and enter the top five.
On Thursday, the All-Pro tight end was one of nine players who pulled in at least one reception, making it the second week in a row that exactly nine individuals caught a ball.
Travis Kelce is only the third tight end in NFL history to have 100 receiving yards in at least 30 games. Kelce will tie fellow pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 1 TE and pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 2 pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 3 for the second-most such games (31) by a TE in history, trailing only pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 4, with 1 more such game (32). #ChiefsKingdom
Wide receiver Justin Watson had a memorable home debut, according to NFL Research (@NFLResearch) pic.twitter.com/BwMB6SKr1J 5 6.
Watson, who shares the same last name as his defensive opponent, was in charge of one of the game’s most important plays on Thursday when he caught a 41-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter.
The Chiefs faced a lengthy third down near middle and a 10-point deficit prior to the grab. It felt crucial that the Chiefs left with points at that particular time in the game, and Watson delivered.
The 41-yard catch marked Watson’s longest catch in his career, which he started in 2018.
7. Reverse The longest surge of Clyde Edwards-professional Helaire’s career came at a good moment.
On Thursday, Edwards-Helaire gained 118 yards in total offense by rushing eight times for 74 yards and receiving four receptions for 44 yards. That number was Edwards-highest Helaire’s since 2020 and the fourth-highest of his career.
He also succeeded in saving his most important rush for last, breaking free for a 52-yard run on the Chiefs’ penultimate possession, which aided in paving the way for a crucial, game-winning field goal attempt. It was his career’s longest rush.
8. Football punter Tommy Townsend had a memorable evening.
Although the offensive never likes to punt, when it is necessary, the punter’s performance can occasionally determine whether a team wins or loses. Tommy Townsend, who was at his best on Thursday, is a strong one, which the Chiefs are fortunate to have.
Three of Townsend’s six punts in the game were misplaced within the Chargers’ 20-yard line. A ludicrous 74 yards were covered by one of those punts, a career-high for the Chiefs’ rookie punter. It was the third-longest punt since the start of 2021 and the longest by any player this season.
9. The Chiefs are still regarded as the masters of the comeback.
The Chiefs have earned a reputation for pulling off incredible comebacks, and the statistics support that claim. In games where they trailed at some time in 2018, the Chiefs are now 28-15 overall. In spite of trailing in the third-fewest games (43) among all teams, they have the most such victories in the NFL during that time.
Even though the Chiefs don’t frequently behind, when they do, the game isn’t over until the final seconds.
10. Kansas City continued to rule the AFC West.
With their victory on Thursday, the Chiefs improved their record versus divisional opponents to 42-13 since 2013, which is far and away the greatest mark for any club during that time. Additionally, Kansas City has a 22-3 record against the AFC West in games that Mahomes has started.
After this weekend’s break, the Chiefs will travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts on September 25.