Column: Chargers are talented, but Chiefs know how to win

The Chargers have talent advantages over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs are more talented at winning, and that’s why they won, 27-24, Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Andy Reid’s program adjusted better to adversity, befitting an AFC West dynasty that seeks a seventh consecutive divisional title.


The Chargers turned in a decent game, but the Chiefs were more resilient, much like in their Thursday night overtime win last season in Inglewood.

Pushed around in the first half, when receiver Mike Williams ate their lunch, the Chiefs defense clamped down on Williams after he caught a third-quarter touchdown pass. They picked up their pass rush, getting a big fourth quarter from lineman Chris Jones.

Patrick Mahomes overcame an explosive Chargers pass rush that battered him in the first half. He improvised two touchdown passes and set up a field goal after spinning away from rushers, accounting for 17 points with outside-the-box playmaking.

The game’s biggest play belonged to a Chiefs rookie, Jaylen Watson, who was on the field only because another rookie fell to injury four days earlier.

Watson intercepted Justin Herbert’s errant pass and ran it 99 yards for a touchdown, breaking a 17-17 tie to give K.C. its first lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs (2-0) overcame not having Tyreek Hill, the game-changing receiver and longtime Chargers nemesis they traded in March to infuse their defense with young talent. The Chargers struggled to deal with…

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