The Broncos seemed on track to take the lead against the Chiefs. Then Melvin Ingram arrived.
Denver running back Melvin Gordon transferred to the Kansas City 13-yard line but was immediately met in the backfield by Ingram, who knocked the ball out. Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton recovered the fumble and took 86 yards for a scoop and a score to put Kansas City ahead with 7:42 remaining in the game. A subsequent 2-point conversion brought the score to 28-21 in favor of the Chiefs.
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Denver had taken almost seven minutes on the clock in a draw in the fourth quarter, and he looked like he was close to ending the race with a touchdown. But Bolton’s return forced Denver back down to the pitch.
In their next practice, the Broncos amassed 62 yards in eight plays, but kicked a basket with 4:37 left to make it a 28-24 game. The Chiefs took possession of the field, then ran out of time to win by that score, keeping their hopes up for the AFC No.1 seed and sending the Broncos to 7-10.
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Ingram’s incredible forced fumble immediately brought back memories of another former South Carolina defensive star, Jadeveon Clowney, who landed a heavy tackle on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl 2013. Clowney broke through the line and immediately met Smith in the backfield, knocking the running back’s helmet off, forcing a fumble, then recovering it with one hand to give the ball to the Gamecocks.
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Twitter was quick to compare the former college teammates.
Melvin Ingram just got her Jadeveon Clowney! What a hostage game.
– Joshua Brisco (@jbbrisco) January 9, 2022
Melvin Ingram or Jadeveon Clowney? I can not tell
– PJ Green (@PJGreenTV) January 9, 2022