CBS play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz usually plays it straight. But he delivered a shot in the final seconds of the Chiefs’ 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos aimed directly at the player whose fumble was returned for a late touchdown, running back Jamaal Charles.
Charles, on the sideline after his fumble was returned 21 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Bradley Roby, slammed his helmet on the ground but held on to it by the facemask.
“Yeah, it’s tough,” Nantz said on the broadcast. “At least he held on to the helmet.”
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The fumble was Charles’ second Thursday night and one of five turnovers by the Chiefs, who lost their seventh straight to the Broncos.
Denver also set an NFL record with 13 straight road victories over a division opponent, and Peyton Manning improved to 14-1 all-time against the Chiefs, playing for the Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.