The Broncos appeared to be on track to take the lead against the Chiefs. Then Melvin Ingram happened.
Denver running back Melvin Gordon took a hand pass at the Kansas City 13-yard line, but Ingram caught it immediately in the backfield, knocking the ball out. Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton recovered the fumble and carried it 86 yards for a scoop-and-core to give Kansas City the lead with 7:42 left in the game. A subsequent 2-point conversion put the score 28-21 in favor of the Chiefs.
Denver had taken nearly seven minutes off the clock in a tied game in the fourth quarter, and appeared to be poised to cap the series with a touchdown. But Bolton’s return forced Denver to have to hit the field again.
On their next drive, the Broncos ran for 62 yards on eight plays but scored a field goal with 4:37 left to make the game 28-24. The Chiefs took possession and then ran out of time to win by that score, keeping their hopes alive for the No. 1 seed in the AFC and sending the Broncos to 7-10.
Ingram’s incredible forced fumble immediately brought back memories of another former South Carolina defensive star, Jadeveon Clowney, who landed a hard tackle on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. Clowney stormed through the pitch. line and immediately found Smith in the backfield, hitting the running back’s helmet, forcing a fumble and then retrieving it with one hand to give the ball to the Gamecocks.
Twitter was quick to make the comparison between former college classmates.
Melvin Ingram only Jadeveon Clowney did it! What a hostage move.
– Josué Brisco (@jbbrisco) January 9, 2022
Melvin Ingram or Jadeveon Clowney? I can not tell
– PJ Verde (@PJGreenTV) January 9, 2022