A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9
Jacoby Ford was the definition of a player who gave his team a boost of high energy. In fact, I’m not sure if one player has lifted his team in the second half of a game this season like the Oakland Raiders’ rookie receiver did Sunday in a critical 23-20 overtime victory over Kansas City.
Ford simply carried the Raiders on his little back in the second half.
The Chiefs were punching the Raiders in the mouth and had a 10-0 lead at the half. The Raiders showed little life and had more penalty yardage than offensive yardage for much of the day. But Ford’s impact started on the opening kickoff the second half, when the 5-foot-9, 185-pound fourth-round pick from Clemson ran 94 yards for a touchdown.
Ford, who caught six passes for 148 yards, wasn’t done. He made an incredible 29-yard catch, snaring the ball away from Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers, that put Oakland in field-goal position to tie the game in the final seconds. Then, on Oakland’s first offensive play of overtime, Ford made a diving 47-yard catch to set up the game-winning field goal.
When the game was over, Ford -- the fastest player at the NFL Combine in February -- sprinted to the famous Black Hole to celebrate his now-famous day with the NFL’s most famous fans.