With the Kansas City Chiefs leading the Denver Broncos 16-3 during the fourth quarter on Sunday night, the team needed a score to help put the game away. Unfortunately, the offense was unable to get a touchdown on its own after its first drive of the game. However, Chiefs safety Dan Sorensen (yes, Dan Sorensen) came through with a 75-yard pick-six to help put the Broncos away. It gave the Chiefs their fifth straight win and improved their record to 8-4.
Sorensen not only came through with a big touchdown score that the team needed, but he got help from linebacker Ben Niemann, who got a hand on the ball, allowing the ball to fall into Sorensen’s hands.
The two most criticized players on defense for the Chiefs this year helped put together arguably the best defensive play of the season.
After a rough start to the season, Dan Sorensen had his best game of the year vs. Broncos.
Later in the quarter, Sorensen came up with another big play. After the Broncos got their first touchdown of the game, they elected to go for two points to cut the deficit. Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed a pass to tight end Noah Fant at the two-yard line near the sidelines. Fant was trying to use his momentum to push forward. However, Sorensen used that to his advantage and pushed him out of bounds, preventing the Broncos from earning two points.
There is no question in anyone’s mind that Sorensen has had a rough season. Whether it’s on social media, or from a color commentator, one of the morning sports talk shows on FS1 or ESPN or on the Manning Cast, everyone has criticized Sorensen this year after allowing several big plays and a missing plenty of tackles.
Sorensen has not started a game for the Chiefs since Week 5 and his snap count has dropped significantly since then. The Chiefs have even allowed fewer points since Juan Thornhill has started in Sorensen’s place on defense. Even when Sorensen is on the field briefly, offenses found a way to score by throwing at his direction.
Sorensen has been a below average defensive back, but has made big plays in the past that overshadow his overall play. With the Chiefs defense improving the last seven games, they will need everyone, including Sorensen, in order to continue playing at a high level.
If Sorensen can keep playing like this, he will have some responsibility in the Chiefs’ defense continued success.