Eric Berry is a hero for ATLiens. A homegrown, humble guy who won a fight against cancer in the midst of his pro career and later returned to the game to earn Pro Bowl honors. I mean, wow, that is a true champion. Two years after defeating cancer, Berry returned to Atlanta to face his hometown Falcons for the first time and made the game’s biggest plays in front of friends, family and fans (of his, not the Chiefs).
The Chiefs came into the Georgia Dome with a 8-3 record in an AFC West Division that was no short of what it was in previous years, while the 7-4 Falcons were looking to get a critical win before heading out West. The Falcons struck early as they lead 10-6 after the first quarter. Nevertheless, the Chiefs, behind the Alex Smith-Travis Kelce tandem and a pick-six by Berry outscored Atlanta 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 20-16 halftime lead. Both defenses turned it up in the second half, which led to the defensive battle that was won by Kansas City late in the fourth quarter. Once again, it was Berry who made the big play as he picked off Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Looking to convert a two-point conversion to extend its lead to three with four minutes left in regulation, Berry returned the interception 99 yards to lift the Chiefs to a 29-28 win. A rematch with the Super Bowl on the line became inevitable, and speculators wouldn’t be disappointed if it had an ending quite similar to the Dec. 4 meeting.