When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they did so hoping he would eventually become a game-changer in Mike Zimmer’s defense. It took a little longer than they anticipated, but the first career interception by Kirkpatrick helped spring the Bengals to a crucial road-win.
With the score tied at 7-7, the Bengals were on the ropes after the Chargers drove to the CIN-25 and looked poised to take control of the game. But after Philip Rivers tried to hit Antonio Gates across the middle, Kirkpatrick, who was right in his hip-pocket, ripped the ball away from Gates and gained possession of the ball for his first pick in an NFL game.
Ten plays later, Andy Dalton hit A.J Green for the go-ahead score, and Cincinnati would go-on to win the game by seven points.
That was certainly a moment worth celebrating over:
— Jeff Swinger (@swingmancinci) December 2, 2013