Herbert was stable. He had only one three or more on his first nine possessions. He looked experienced, such as sliding left or right into a pocket to make room for a throw. Either when he has placed the ball on the inside to avoid closing a defender from the outside, or another time he has perfectly dropped the ball beyond the lagging safety but in front of a corner.
But just when he looked mature after his age, he reminded us that he was still a rookie who made his first start only in his second game. The first time came at the beginning of the third quarter, when he interrupted the game and took a bag instead of throwing the ball ̵
The second reminder was more subsequent. Towards the end of the third quarter, in the second and second from Kansas City 39, he rolled to the left and had a clear running field. Instead, he threw himself deep into his body, in triple coverage, looking for a big game from the widespread Keenan Allen. Result: interception.
When he sat down on the bench, Lynn approached.
“I just told him that you don’t have to try to win the game, you just have to play one game at a time,” the coach said. “I felt he had 8 yards in front of him on that second and 2. He turned him over and looked down. I like that he was looking down and didn’t want to run it, but that was a bad decision.”
Indeed, this was a devastating decision, as the chargers, which appeared in full control of the game, forced to make a race with two results. Instead, the turnover rejuvenated the bosses, who went 95 yards in six games to equal 17 at the start of the fourth quarter. Tyrick Hill, who has been invisible for most of the game so far, received a free 54-yard score. He finished with five innings for 99 yards and the aforementioned TD.
There was no stopping Kansas City at the time. The Chiefs drove for field goals in each of their next two possessions, claiming a 1:55 victory to continue in overtime as Harrison Butker kicked his third field goal and second from 58 yards. Patrick Mahomes finished 27 of 47 for 302 yards and two assists for TD, but we expect that from him. It is a famous commodity. Herbert wasn’t – or, if I must say, he wasn’t.