Kansas City Chiefs rookie Jaylen Watson took Justin Herbert to the house on a 99-yard pick six and the Chiefs radio broadcast lost its mind.
It was hardly the prettiest game the Kansas City Chiefs have ever played, but Patrick Mahomes and the crew managed to get out of Thursday night’s battle against the Chargers with a win.
However it wasn’t Mahomes or the offense that saved the day. The eighth-best quarterback in the league according to PFF still made some absolutely unreal throws to drag his team back into the game, but it was a defensive play that turned the game on a dime.
Rookie Jaylen Watson picked off Justin Herbert on what seemed like a drive that was going to end in a touchdown and took it 99-yards the other way. Not only did the interception stop the Chargers momentum dead in its tracks, it ended up being the final pendulum swing of the game and ensured the Chiefs were on the right side of it.
Kansas City Chiefs radio call of Jaylen Watson’s pick six was insane
Mitch Holthus was on the Chiefs radio broadcast of the pick six and his boisterous call of the play pretty much says it all:
This is one of those plays where the extra texture of context makes it so much better than it was at surface-level.
Watson is more than just a rookie, he’s a seventh round pick who shouldn’t even have been on the field in that situation. Trent McDuffie left the game due to an injury, creating a hole that Watson filled and then some.
His path to tonight could have also looked a lot different. Dan Brugler from The Athletic painted the contextual picture that will have Chiefs fans loving Watson even more.
“Three years ago, Jaylen Watson was working at a Wendy’s while he was trying to find somewhere to continue playing football,” Brugler explained. “Tonight, he has a 99-yard INT of Justin Herbert in his 2nd career NFL game. Perseverance would be an understatement.”
Just absolutely incredible.