Two-time Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr. showed why opposing quarterbacks are taking a risk every time they throw in the Broncos cornerback’s general direction. Then after breaking up Cam Newton’s pass intended for Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Harris made the highlight-reel grab on his own deflection.
Harris reads the slant, jumps the route and then the 5-foot-10 defensive back climbs the ladder to the bat the ball away from the 6-5 wideout on 2nd-and-4 pass attempt. That in itself would’ve been a great play. Then Harris upped the difficulty level, crawling under the airborne pigskin and somehow cradling it in his arms without letting those nose touchdown the earth, ensuring he maintained possession all the way to the ground.
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The interception may have been more even more important than it was impressive. Harris’ pick set the Broncos up with excellent field position, which they capitalized on by scoring a touchdown to take their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter. If Denver holds on for a victory, it will surely be the play of the night.
If Denver doesn’t go on to win, it will still go on Harris’ highlight reel. It was the sixth-year corner’s 13th career interception.