The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly defeated the Denver Broncos on Saturday to close out their season. With that win, Patrick Mahomes has still never lost to a divisional opponent on the road. The Chiefs have now won 13 straight road games against their division foes, and 13 straight games against the donkeys.
All of those streaks came dangerously close to ending though, as the Broncos put up a solid fight and held the lead for much of the game. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Broncos held a 21-20 lead and were driving. A touchdown probably would have sealed the game for them. Drew Lock got his team all the way down to inside the Chiefs 10.
Then, out of nowhere, we got some Melvin on Melvin action as Melvin Ingram exploded off the line to tackle Bronco running back Melvin Gordon in the backfield for loss. Ingram hit Gordon so hard that he fumbled the ball.
You know what happened next:
Rookie linebacker Nick Bolton picked up the ball and ran it over 80 yards for a touchdown that sealed the game—for the Chiefs.
As can be seen in the video, he almost didn’t make it. First, Drew Lock nearly tackles Bolton right after the fumble, but Quick Nick spins out and takes off. Thankfully there were no other defenders anywhere near him, because Bolton quickly runs out of gas and almost falls down near the end. Or at least Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes thought so.
In his post-game interview, Mahomes gave his thoughts on Bolton’s touchdown:
It’s not often you see quarterbacks poke fun at other quarterbacks, but this one was understandable. Mahomes is undoubtedly referencing Jones’ near-TD last season, where he almost made it into the end zone on a long run before getting gassed and falling down.
Of course this reference was all in good fun from Mahomes, but it’s hilarious nonetheless. Thankfully for the Chiefs, Bolton was able to keep his footing and secure the ball.