ENGLEWOOD, Colo.** – The week before our game against the Baltimore Ravens, I told our defensive backs coach Joe Woods that I was going to catch a pick this week.
Every single practice we work on making big plays and finding ways to change the momentum – but my determination to get an interception was rooted in something bigger. Before becoming a Bronco during the offseason, I was a Raven for a year.
Our goal for the game was simple: play fast and physical. That’s the goal every week. Last week we wanted to accomplish that and most definitely, without a doubt, we achieved that. It was a physical game all around, but I think we were the most physical.
The game came down to the wire at the end of the fourth quarter. We were leading, 19-13, but the Ravens were driving toward our end zone.
With less than two minutes left in the game, the Ravens made their way to our red zone, but on third-and-10, something was wrong. I felt a little sharp pain through my leg.
“Go out if you’re hurt,” cornerback Aqib Talib told me. But it was a critical moment in the game and I felt like I had some more juice in me to finish so I just stayed in.
I was in the coverage and had good vision on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and he just so happened to throw it to the seam. He put some air under it and I was able to get to it. I think if he would have put it on a straight line, I wouldn’t have been able to get in front of their tight end Crockett Gillmore. But he put air under it and with good coverage from David Bruton Jr., I was able to get it – and seal our first win of the season.
It was a great feeling. I felt like I stepped up for the team and was able to make a play when it was what was needed.
Going into the game I had three interceptions in my NFL career – and I can remember every single one of them because they were almost all in red-zone situations and one was a pick-six. Now I have four interceptions in game-changing situations.
When I got back to my locker after the game, I had over 100 text messages. But I’ll never forget those who have always had my back, so the first people I texted were my friends who I grew up with.
While the play was amazing and one that I’ll never forget, it’s time to move on. This Thursday is a new game at Kansas City and it’s time to put Sunday’s game to rest.
But, they say, "Once you catch one, they come in bunches."
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