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Bolton’s fumble return sparks Chiefs’ 28-24 win over Broncos

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) loses a fumble after being hit by Kansas...
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) loses a fumble after being hit by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Melvin Ingram, right, before outside linebacker Nick Bolton (54) returned it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)(Jack Dempsey | AP)
Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 8:36 PM CST
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DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 28-24 on Saturday thanks to an 86-yard fumble return by rookie linebacker Nick Bolton in the fourth quarter that put them ahead for good.

The Broncos were leading 21-20 and were driving for another score when Melvin Gordon took the handoff from Drew Lock on second-and-2 from the Kansas City 9 but was immediately hit by linebacker Melvin Ingram III and lost the ball. Bolton grabbed it and was gone.

The Chiefs improved to 12-5 and have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

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