"I woke up knowing I was going to get a pick", That's what Kansas City Chiefs seventh-round rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson told the media after his team's 27-24 Thursday night win over the Los Angeles Chargers


Watson's 99-yard pick-six was the difference in the game. With 10:43 remaining, the Chargers had the ball at the Kansas City three-yard line, and quarterback Justin Herbert tried to hit tight end Gerald Everett to the right side of the field for an allegedly easy touchdown

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At last, the Chiefs had Everett's path better-planned than Everett did


99 yards later, the Chiefs had a 24-17 lead. Had first-round rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie not suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Watson might not have been on the field at all

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But he was, and he knew that he would have more than his share of opportunities against Herbert and the Chargers' passing game

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The pick-six was the latest step in an improbable journey for the Washington State alum by way of Ventura College in California

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Academic issues forced Watson to de-commit from USC five months after committing to the school in 2019, and he got his associates' degree with a straight-A average after that all happened

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Watson worked with his mom at a Wendy's in Georgia for a time during the bridge point in his football career, so he was used to surprising people and surprising himself

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As to the play itself, there was an element of improbability there as well-bad luck and miscommunication on the Chargers' side, and from the Chiefs' perspective, knowing what the Chargers were going to do

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Everett had been Herbert's target on the two plays before the impactful interception, catching passes for seven and 16 yards

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Everett was clearly indicating that he wanted off the field, and he said after the game that he was through an sprained ankle he suffered in week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders


Since the Chargers were using hurry-up offense at the point, there obviously wasn't going to be time for a substitution. If Watson did surprise himself with the pick-six, it's not a stretch to say that his coaches saw something good coming

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