Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed breaks down forced fumble in AFC Championship

BALTIMORE, Md. — It has been quite the season for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who has made clutch and timely plays again and again.

Sneed allowed zero touchdowns in the regular season and locked up some of the best receivers in the league.

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But somehow, his play didn’t garner the recognition it deserved after being snubbed of an All-Pro or Pro Bowl selection. Despite that, Sneed continues to play at the highest level.

On Sunday in the AFC Championship, he forced a fumble on Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers late in the third quarter as he dove for the endzone.

Had Flowers scored, the Ravens would’ve brought the score to 17-14 early in the fourth quarter.

“I saw [Flowers]. He had a step on me and all that was in my mind was just catch up and make the tackle,” Sneed said. “When I saw him stretch the ball, I just punched the ball and it came out.”

The two battled all game. A few plays before, Flowers made a 54-yard reception after getting behind Sneed on the play. Sneed said that fired up him to make one of the biggest plays of his career.

“I was kind of mad at myself because I didn’t see him get behind me when I went to safety.”

But, the Ravens lost 15 yards after the reception due to a taunting penalty after Flowers stood over Sneed and dropped the ball near him while talking trash.

“I didn’t know that he did that ’cause if I did, I would’ve said something to him,” Sneed said.

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The Chiefs defense arguably played their best game of the year against a team that has soon-to-be two-time MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson, holding them to only one touchdown.

It was also the defense that stepped up when the offense was struggling.

Sneed will look to complete his outstanding season by adding another Super Bowl to his resume.

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