With All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston missing last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to a hyperextended knee, former first-round pick and second-year player Dee Ford was put into the limelight as the Kansas City Chiefs were looking for their seventh straight win to move to 8-5 on the season.
Ford and the Chiefs were facing the NFL's No. 6-ranked offense in the Chargers, who came into the game averaging 380 yards of offense per game.
When asked to step up, Ford delivered a breakout performance in helping the Chiefs preserve a 10-3 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
Ford finished the game with a team-high 7 tackles, adding 3 sacks—all of which came in the final 17 minutes of the game, and the Chiefs held on to a one-touchdown lead to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and company.
With that performance, Ford has been nominated for the "Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week" award.
Fans can vote for Ford by following this link—VOTE.
Ford went into Sunday's game with just 1.5 career sacks, but it wasn't just his 3 sacks in the final 17 minutes of the game that highlighted his day.
Here's what they had to say about Ford on the NFL.com page that fans can go to and VOTE FOR FORD.
"As time expired, Ford's defense on the potential game-tying touchdown pass intended for *Danny Woodhead preserved a 10-3 Chiefswin over the San Diego Chargers. It marked the seventh consecutive win for the Chiefs."*
When his team needed him the most, Ford stepped up—the definition of clutch.
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