The game was on the line.
On 4th and 3 with 1:06 left, the New England Patriots were five yards from the end zone. The Kansas City Chiefs blitzed, leaving cornerback Bashaud Breeland one on one in man coverage against Julian Edelman, quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite target.
Breeland batted the ball away, sealing the Chiefs’ 23-16 victory.
“You just knew it would come down to the end,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said.
The nail-biting win not only clinched the AFC West crown for the fourth consecutive year, but it also gave Kansas City some vengeance after last year’s overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Breeland wasn’t there for last year’s disappointing loss. The 27-year-old defensive back signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Chiefs, including $1.15 million guaranteed as a signing bonus, in March.
But the free-agent acquisition, who has played both outside and nickel cornerback this year, came up big in the statement victory when the Chiefs needed him most with cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Rashad Fenton out with injury.