Justin Herbert’s NFL debut caught the eye of the best football player in the world: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The reigning NFL MVP narrowly defeated the Los Angeles Chargers and rookie quarterback Herbert last Sunday. 

And while the defending Super Bowl champs are now 2-0, Herbert’s performance was enough for Mahomes to see a bright future ahead for the former Oregon Duck.

Herbert completed 22-of-33 passes, threw for 311 yards, two touchdowns - one in the air and one on the ground - and one interception.

It was a debut that made history, literally.

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After the game as both teams crossed the field, Mahomes sought out Herbert, shared a few friendly words and some wisdom.

Don’t take big hits.

During the Chargers post game press conference, Herbert was asked about what it was like facing Mahomes:

“He made a lot of plays when they needed him to. When it was third and long, third and short, he took to his feet and got the first down. So, that’s one of those plays where you cover as many guys as you can, and a guy like that has legs to run. 

It was really tough defending him and was really fun to watch him.

Justin Herbert on facing Patrick Mahomes

With veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor week-to-week with a chest injury, the Chargers have officially named Herbert the starter in Sunday’s game vs. the visiting Carolina Panthers at SoFi Stadium.