Superb Eric Berry Is Helping and Hurting The Kansas City Chiefs
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Dec 08, 2016,
Dec 08, 2016, 1:22
It was the first interception for a defensive conversion on a two-point try since the rule was enacted in 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Falcons rallied from a 27-16 deficit, and went ahead on quarterback Matt Ryan's five-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Instead, Berry leapt in front of a Ryan pass intended for tight end Austin Hooper on a crosser midway into the end zone, snared it, and returned it for two points.
Berry was diagnosed nearly two years ago to the day with lymphoma. The Falcons racked up 14 first downs in the first quarter alone and jumped out to a 13-6 lead early in the second quarter that could have easily been more, were it not for the Chiefs' stingy red-zone defense. But, hopefully, through the way I play the game and the way I perform, people that are battling something or feel like they can't do it, hopefully they look at me and say, "You know what?" He presented the ball to his mother, Carol, after the first interception "and told her I'd be back".
Safety Eric Berry was undoubtedly the hero of today's game.
On the same day that Los Angeles coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead were given contract extensions, the recently relocated Rams (4-8) proved they still have a long way to go after losing for the seventh time in eight outings.
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The Huskies have given up just 18 sacks all year, but two teams - USC and Arizona - had some success in that department. Jake Browning is completing 65% of his passes for 3162 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Washington.
"That was a good play by Eric and a decision that I can't make", Ryan said.
"Eric is the heart and soul of this team", quarterback Alex Smith said. The Eagles (5-7) finally got on the board with two straight scores, but any attempt at a comeback was squashed as Vontaze Burfict intercepted Carson Wentz (36-for-60, 308 yards, TD, 3 INT) for a second time. It was a fitting way for this Chiefs team, which has reached 9-3 nearly exclusively on their turnover margin, to win an incredibly entertaining game. "He felt it there and gave me the secret nod on it and put it on and went with it". He returned to practice Wednesday and it was thought he'd be able to play after sitting out three straight games with a groin injury.
On the first drive of the third quarter, and facing a fourth and one from the Kansas City 45 yard line, receiver Albert Wilson took the direct snap on a fake punt. He was returning to his home state for his first National Football League game ever played in Atlanta. They had six plays over 20 yards, in large part because Travis Kelce (150 yards) and Tyreek Hill are beasts after the catch.
Eric Berry is no Deion Sanders, but he turned two Prime Time plays for the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons entered the game 29 in points allowed and 27 in yards allowed per game. Julio Jones hauled in seven passes for 113 yards, while Devonta Freeman had a couple of 1-yard touchdown runs.
And they did just that, improving to 9-3 heading into a crucial Thursday night showdown against the AFC West-leading Oakland Raiders. Houston (6-6) managed to pull within a score on DeAndre Hopkins 44-yard touchdown reception just inside the two minute warning, but failed to recover their ensuing onside kick.
Barely across midfield, Bryant booted a 59-yarder that easily clear the crossbar, cutting Kansas City's lead to 20-16 at the break.