The Broncos seemed well on their way to taking the lead against the Chiefs. Then became Melvin Ingram.
Denver running back Melvin Gordon made a handoff on the 13-yard Kansas City line, but was immediately met in the back by Ingram, who knocked the ball out. Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton recovered the fumble and took it 86 yards up and scoring to get Kansas City into the lead with 7:42 left in the game. A subsequent 2-point conversion resulted in a score of 28-21 in favor of the Chiefs.
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Denver took almost seven minutes from the time in the fourth quarter draw and seemed on the verge of a touchdown stop. But Bolton’s return forced Denver to step down again.
On the next run, the Broncos drove 62 yards in eight games, but kicked a field goal in 4:37 to make it 28-24. The Chiefs took possession and then ran out of hours to win by scoring, keeping their hopes of an AFC number one alive and sending the Broncos 7-10.
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Ingram’s incredible forced groping immediately sparked memories of another former South Carolina defensive star, Jadeveon Clowney, who attacked Michigan in 2013 in the Outback Bowl and beat Vincent Smith. Clowney broke through the line and immediately met Smith in the back field, knocked down the running helmet, forced a sniff, and then got one hand to give the Gamecocks the ball.
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Twitter quickly made comparisons between former university colleagues.
Melvin Ingram is simply 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