LA Chargers 24-27 Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes and Co. come from behind to go 2-0

Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes, rookie Jaylen Watson returned an interception 99 yards for a score in the fourth quarter and the Kansas City Chiefs held on to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 on Thursday night.

Mahomes finished with 235 yards passing and Jerick McKinnon and Justin Watson had TD passes for the Chiefs (2-0), who fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and spent most of the game playing catch-up .

Jaylen Watson finally put the Chiefs ahead after the Chargers (1-1), responding to Matt Ammendola’s tying goal, went to the Kansas City 3. Justin Herbert was looking at Gerald Everett when Watson, the seventh-round pick, made his first start , stepped in front of the pass with 10:29 to go and ran nearly untouched the other way to the end zone.

LA Chargers 24-27 Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes and Co. come from behind to go 2-0

Chiefs’ Jaylen Watson intercepted Justin Herbert and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown

The rookie's touchdown helped the home team turn things around against the Chargers on Thursday night

The rookie’s touchdown helped the home team turn things around against the Chargers on Thursday night

Asante Samuel Jr.  of the Chargers reacts after the Chiefs' critical Matt Ammendola's field goal.

Asante Samuel Jr. of the Chargers reacts after the Chiefs’ critical Matt Ammendola’s field goal.

Things got worse for the Chargers (1-1) two runs later when Herbert was drilled by Mike Danna on a throw. He left the field clutching his side, returned a play later and then threw a fumble that forced the Chargers to punt.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire immediately split the defense on a 52-yard drive to set up a Kansas City touchdown.

Herbert, who finished with 334 yards and three touchdown passes, gamely tried to keep the Chargers alive. He threw a 36-yard dart on fourth down to extend the ensuing possession, then found Joshua Palmer in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal to pull Los Angeles within 27-24 with just over a minute to finish.

Los Angeles Chargers' Mike Williams (left) makes a sensational touchdown catch

Los Angeles Chargers’ Mike Williams (left) makes a sensational touchdown catch

Herbert threw a 15-yard pass to Williams in the second half to extend the lead

Herbert threw a 15-yard pass to Williams in the second half to extend the lead

Williams still had a long way to go for the touchdown, but he made the catch look easy for Arrowhead

Williams still had a long way to go for the touchdown, but he made the catch look easy for Arrowhead

Williams celebrates after scoring the Chargers' second touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs

Williams celebrates after scoring the Chargers’ second touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City recovered the onside kick and ended the season in a crucial AFC West victory.

The much-anticipated matchup between two of the league’s prolific young quarterbacks, each surrounded by elite playmakers, proved to be a defensive slugfest early on.

The Chargers held the Chiefs to 13 yards in the first quarter thanks to relentless pressure from Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack and the fact that Derwin James Jr. he was just about everywhere, and he kept a team that scored 44 points last week in Arizona off the board until Mahomes delivered a sidearm pass to McKinnon early in the second quarter.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the AFC West scrimmage

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the AFC West scrimmage

Mahomes threw a 41-yard pass to Justin Watson to make it a three-point play

Mahomes threw a 41-yard pass to Justin Watson to make it a three-point play

Justin Watson (No. 84) celebrates with his Chiefs teammates after scoring a touchdown

Justin Watson (No. 84) celebrates with his Chiefs teammates after scoring a touchdown

The Chargers fared better offensively, even though coach Brandon Staley chose to play conservatively, playing twice on fourth-and-2 near midfield. Dustin Hopkins hit an early field goal before Mike Williams, dominating the undersized Chiefs defensive backs, put the Chargers in position for Xander Horvath to catch a short TD pass.

Staley eventually went fourth on the first drive of the second half. And one play after Austin Ekeler took it, Williams made a one-handed grab around Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed to give the Chargers a 17-7 lead.

The game appeared to be slipping away from the Chiefs when Mahomes was intercepted by Asante Samuel Jr. on their next possession. But replays showed Samuel didn’t have control of the ball and the call was overturned, and Mahomes took advantage of his second chance by throwing a 41-yard strike to Justin Watson for a touchdown.

The Chiefs tied the game at 17-all on the first play of the fourth quarter when Ammendola, who was signed earlier this week to replace the injured Harrison Butker, hit a chipped punt on fourth down at the goal line.

That set up Jaylen Watson’s pick-6 and Kansas City’s first lead all night.

Mahomes produced a moment of magic for the Chiefs' first touchdown in the Week 2 opener

Mahomes produced a moment of magic for the Chiefs’ first touchdown in the Week 2 opener

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