When Shelby Harris blocked the field goal to seal the Denver Broncos 24-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, most felt like it was a lucky ending. Luck actually had less to do with it than one might think.
On the first field goal try, Derek Wolfe nearly blocked it as well. Knowing they would have another chance, Wolfe told Harris to drive through the gap on the next play.
“I almost blocked that one,” Wolfe said of the play that won the game. “I could feel the ball graze my fingers, it was so close. Then I was like he is going to lean it on me. I was like Shelby [Harris] just go, just go. Normally I’m inside, and I was like just go. It was like he was not even there, just blew right by him. It was perfect. I was so happy for him, I tackled him to the ground. He is just such a good guy, works hard and he is a fun guy to be on the field with.”
It worked. Wolfe, instead of trying to be the hero a second time, used his previous success to open things up for his teammates to make the play.
The defense is filled with selfless players whose singular goal is winning.
“It feels great to do anything to help the team win,” Harris said. “It’s not about the individual glory. It takes two to do that though, and so I couldn’t have done it without Wolfe though. That’s a big moment right there.”
A big moment it was. The Broncos are 1-0 having staved off a near collapse for that first victory of the 2017 season.
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