Listed at 6-3, 346 lbs, Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe is a very large man. So when he lined up in the backfield in the closing moments of Christmas night’s Chiefs-Broncos game, fans were bracing for a hellacious block or maybe a Refrigerator Perry-esque run to pay dirt. However, what the Chiefs actually called was even better than that. Folks, we got a FAT GUY JUMP TOUCHDOWN PASS.
Unless you are a Broncos fan (and maybe even if you are), that is about the most beautiful sight you will ever see on a football field. Let’s watch it again, shall we?
With that gorgeous, arcing strike, Poe is officially the heaviest man to ever throw a touchdown pass in NFL history. He weighs 80 pounds more than the previous record holder, JaMarcus Russell.
Heaviest player to throw a TD pass before Dontari Poe was JaMarcus Russell and Poe outweighs him by 80 pounds. https://t.co/TCkysEnwlu
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 26, 2016
Although the game was well in hand at this point, this touchdown was the closing note of the Broncos’ season. This loss officially knocked them from playoff contention, and there will be a new NFL champion in 2017.
The sheer level of disrespect is off the charts for this one. When you add in the situational factors (division rivals, closing moments of a blowout, season-ending loss), it is tough to imagine a more disdainful play in all of football.
As for the Broncos, all I can say is: sometimes, life comes at ya fast.
That's life. One day your defense is being mentioned with the likes of the 85 Bears and 00 Ravens then a DT is throwing jump pass TDs on you
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) December 26, 2016
Before you go, here are a couple more Poe facts for the road.
Dontari Poe is the first defense-first player to throw a TD since '81.
(Listed at 346, he's also 81 lbs heavier than anyone else to do it.) pic.twitter.com/ZVUMFG3Iu9
— ESPN (@espn) December 26, 2016
According to @pfref, Dontari Poe is the 1st regular defensive player with Pass TD & Rush TD in a season since Frank Gifford in 1953
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) December 26, 2016
Alright, one last thing. Lets watch it all again, this time in reverse.
If you reverse the Dontari Poe TD pass, it looks like an incredible one-handed TD catch by a defensive tackle. pic.twitter.com/xafEJiwtaF
— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) December 26, 2016
The play may have immediately made you think of the jump passes Tim Tebow used to throw at Florida, like this one:
Well, Andy Reid says the Poe pass is called “Bloated Tebow Pass”:
"Bloated Tebow Pass."
That's what Andy Reid said the Dontari Poe touchdown pass play is called.
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 26, 2016
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your holiday was as glorious as this touchdown.