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The Kansas City Chiefs might have won the AFC West battle with the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but safety Derwin James Jr. outplayed tight end Travis Kelce with a powerful tackle that sparked a lot of reactions on social media.
Well, Kelce’s brother Jason had him relive that moment during his “New Heights” podcast.
Travis Kelce caught a ball near Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ goal line last Thursday, and James wasn’t about to let him score a touchdown on that play.
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“I made a cutout, and then all of a sudden he’s on me like a bolt of lightning,” Kelce said. “I mean, I was totally shocked. The bottom guy always wins in football.”
Kelce has a point: Usually, it’s the guy who goes down that ends the play. James got into Kelce’s core and drove through the 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end until he had him airborne. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the process by the powerful entrance.
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Kelce even said that James was a gentleman about the situation.
“When I felt him wrap his arms around my legs, I laughed in my mind. I thought, ‘This is not going to end well for me right now.’ I’m up, [and] what goes up must come down,” he said.
“The body shot was funny, but what was even more comical is the fact that he asked me after that play or after that shot, he said, ‘Brother, are you okay?’ What a great guy, man.”
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Kelce added, “It’s not the first time I’ve gotten a powerbomb.” So, at least she knew what was going to happen and she held on to the ball to save her life.
Many players reacted when they saw the play, such as New England Patriots damien harris runner saying, “I, Derwin James, can’t be human,” and retired safety Malcolm Jenkins, a hard hitter in his own right, calling the play, “Big ball kid!!!”
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The Chiefs won the game, 27-24, as Kelce led Kansas City in receiving yards with 51 yards on five receptions. James led the Chargers in tackles with six.