Big Day for Berry as Chiefs Rally for Big 29-28 Win over Atlanta

Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons

Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.

The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver stole a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

Sunday’s outcome meant even more to Berry, who grew up in suburban Atlanta and was playing in the city for the first time as a professional. Also, it’s where he was treated after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma near the end of the 2014 season.

“I shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few tears during the game and I shed a few after,” Berry said. “It was just a lot of emotions. I tried to contain them and let it show through my play.”

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Chiefs at Falcons NFL Week 13 Capsule

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (7-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CHIEFS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 6-3 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 30-27 (OT) at Denver W 38-19 vs. Arizona
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Falcons 40 at Chiefs 24. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 299 yards & has 4 TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing) with 136.4 rating. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 108 rec. yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08: Falcons 38, Chiefs 14. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 104 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons CB Chris Houston has 10-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 112 (KC), 82 (Atl). XM: 380 (KC), 82 (Atl).

STATS

PASSING Alex Smith: 229-346-2297-10-4-89.7 Matt Ryan: 262-380-3516 (3L)-26 (3L)-6-114.3 (2L)
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 149-705-4.7-2 Devonta Freeman: 161-729-4.5-5
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 57-675-11.8-3 Julio Jones: 65-1140 (1L)-17.5-5
OFFENSE 328.3 411.5 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1L) +3
DEFENSE 381.9 381.0
SACKS Dee Ford: 10 (T2L) Vic Beasley: 9.5
INTs Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L) Deion Jones (R), Robert Alford: 2
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 46.1 Matt Bosher: 46.9
KICKING Cairo Santos: 96 (T3L) (21/22 PAT; 25/28 FG) Matt Bryant: 108 (1L) (36/37 PAT; 24/26 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS: Have won 18 of past 21 regular-season games…QB ALEX SMITH has 7 TDs & 92.3 rating in past 6 vs. NFC. Threw TD pass & game-tying 2-point conv. with 12 sec. remaining in 4th quarter last week…RB SPENCER WARE ranks 5th in NFL averaging 107.7 scrimmage yards per game…Rookie WR TYREEK HILL became 1st NFL player since 1965 (GALE SAYERS) to record rush TD, rec. TD & KR-TD in same game last week. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD). TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 57 catches & 675 rec. yards. In 4 career games vs. Atl., WR JEREMY MACLIN has 446 rec. yards (111.5 per game) & 4 TDs…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 10 tackles, 3 sacks & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Since 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 53.5 sacks. LB TAMBA HALI had sack last week. Has 88.5 sacks since 2006, 6th most among active players… FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN ranks 3rd in NFL in pass yards (3,516) & rating (114.3). Has 2,307 pass yards (329.6 per game) with 15 TDs & 4 INTs for 115.5 rating in past 7 at home…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 4 rush TDs in past 4 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB TEVIN COLEMAN aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with TD…WR TAYLOR GABRIEL had 75 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week, 1st career multi-TD game. WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 1,140 rec. yards. Had 6 receptions for 108 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Is averaging 117.4 yards per game in past 5 vs. AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in 11/18/12 meeting (with Cin.)…In past 3 vs. AFC, LB VIC BEASLEY has 6.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 9.5 sacks. Rookie CB BRIAN POOLE had 1st career sack in Week 12. S KEANU NEAL leads NFL rookies with 72 tackles & 4 FFs. Is averaging 8 tackles per game in 4 at home.      

Andy Reid Not Worried About the Struggles of QB Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he is not worried about the performance of veteran quarterback Alex Smith despite his recent slump according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.

“I think Alex is OK,” Reid said. “We’ve had a couple of weeks here when we’ve been in a little bit of a slump and we’ve got to pull out of it and get better. That’s all of us.” Smith might be able to bust out of his slump down the stretch, but his numbers are down across the board from last season including yards per attempt (7.4 last year to 6.9), touchdown percentage (4.3 to 3), passer rating (95.4 to 91.2) and rushing (31 yards per game to 6). Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down.

And the problems cannot be completely blamed on Smith’s struggles as the entire offense has only scored 18 touchdowns thus far this season. That’s not going to be good enough in a stacked AFC West division where even the last-place San Diego Chargers have loads of offensive firepower.

Chiefs Upset at Home by Tampa Bay 19-17 to Fall to 7-3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs

Jameis Winston sliced up a Kansas City defense missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 19-17 victory Sunday that snapped the Chiefs’ five-game winning streak.

Winston threw for 331 yards to help set up four field goals by Roberto Aguayo, and hit tight end Robert Cross for a touchdown with just over 6 minutes left to give the Buccaneers (5-5) a cushion.

The Chiefs (7-3) marched swiftly downfield, and Alex Smith hit Albert Wilson with a short touchdown pass with just over 2 minutes left. But their defense couldn’t stop Mike Evans on third-and-3 just moments later, and the big wide receiver’s sixth reception gave the Buccaneers a first down.

By the time Kansas City finally forced a punt, there was 8 seconds left in the game.

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Buccaneers vs Chiefs NFL Week 11 Inactives

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Evan Smith, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, OT Leonard Wester, DT Sealver Siliga, DT John Hughes

Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Bishop Sankey, QB Tyler Bray, OL Mike Person, DL Jaye Howard, LB Dadi Nicolas

Chiefs Rally From Down 17 to Top Panthers 20-17 to Improve to 7-2

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Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to top the Panthers 20-17 on Sunday.

The game was tied when Benjamin caught a pass from Cam Newton, and Peters ripped the ball from his arms. Santos’ fourth field goal of the day split the uprights, lifting the Chiefs (7-2) to their fifth straight victory and 17th win in their last 19 games.

Eric Berry also returned a Newton interception 42 yards for a touchdown as Kansas City’s defense came up with big plays when needed. Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and Spencer Ware ran for 61 yards for the Chiefs, who failed to score an offensive touchdown.

Newton threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for 54 yards and a score for the Panthers (3-6).

The game turned late in the third quarter when Chris Jones sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss on third-and-18 at the Kansas City 28, taking the Panthers out of field goal range. Instead of making it a three-possession game, the Panthers were forced to punt.

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Chiefs vs Panthers NFL Week 10 Capsule

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

CHIEFS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 3-2  
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 4-2 Ron Rivera: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 19-14 vs. Jacksonville W 13-10 at Los Angeles
LAST GAME 12/2/12: Panthers 21 at Chiefs 27. Kansas City QB Brady Quinn passes for 201 & 2 TDs for 132.1 rating. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 127 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/08: Panthers 34, Chiefs 0. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 123 yards & 2 TDs. Panthers QB Jake Delhomme passes for 236 yards & 2 TDs for 111.2 rating.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (KC), 81 (Car). XM: 384 (KC), 225 (Car).

STATS

PASSING Alex Smith: 154-233-1638-8-2-94.3 Cam Newton: 138-239-1733-9-6-82.5
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 102-511-5.0-2 Jonathan Stewart: 79-295-3.7-4
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 39-435-11.2-3 Greg Olsen (TE): 45-673-15.0-3
OFFENSE 342.4 369.9
TAKE/GIVE +13 (1L) -6
DEFENSE 369.3 363.5
SACKS Dee Ford: 9 (T3L) Star Lotulelei: 4
INTs Marcus Peters: 5 (T1L) Thomas Davis: 2
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 45.6 Andy Lee: 49.3
KICKING Cairo Santos: 71 (17/18 PAT; 18/21 FG) Graham Gano: 60 (18/20 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS: Aim for 5th win in row…In past 4 vs. NFC, QB ALEX SMITH has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.4 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating vs. NFC. QB NICK FOLES has 410 pass yards & 3 TDs for 105.9 rating in past 2…RB SPENCER WARE ranks 3rd in NFL averaging 117.7 scrimmage yards per game. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB CHARCANDRICK WEST had 74 scrimmage yards last week…TE TRAVIS KELCE leads team with 39 catches & 435 rec. yards. Since 2014, is 4th among NFL TEs with 2,172 rec. yards & 5th with 178 catches. WR ALBERT WILSON had TD catch last week. Rookie WR TYREEK HILL has 4 rec. TDs, 2nd among NFL rookies…Since 2015, CB MARCUS PETERS has 13 INTs, most in NFL. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks last week. Has 5.5 sacks in past 2 & 8 sacks in past 5. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB RAMIK WILSON had 1st career INT last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 232 yards & 3 TDs for 121.2 rating & added 78 rush yards in last meeting. In past 7 at home, has 1,928 pass yards (275.4 per game) & 21 TDs (17 pass, 4 rush)…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 4 TDs in past 3…WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has 4 TDs in past 5 vs. AFC. WR COREY BROWN aims for 3rd in row at home vs. AFC with TD catch. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in last meeting. Leads NFL TEs in receptions (45) & rec. yards (673)…Defense leads NFC with 24 sacks. DE MARIO ADDISON had 2 sacks last week. DT STAR LOTULELEI has 4 sacks & FF in past 4 at home. Since 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads NFL LBs with 12 INTs & LB THOMAS DAVIS ties for 2nd with 9. Davis led team with 11 tackles & had sack, FF & INT in Week 9. S KURT COLEMAN has 2 INTs & 4 PD in past 3 vs. AFC.

Chiefs Move to 4-0 at Arrowhead, 6-2 Overall After Topping Jaguars 19-14

Jacksonville Jaguars v Kansas City Chiefs

Their starting quarterback and running back never dressed, their top wide receiver joined them on the sideline with an injury of his own, and their Pro Bowl tight end was ejected by an official who didn’t seem to think his antics were very funny.

Good thing for the Chiefs that everything was status quo on defense.

That stout bunch kept Blake Bortles in check most of the afternoon, then stuffed the Jaguars on fourth down with less than 2 minutes remaining deep in their own territory, preserving a 19-14 win on Sunday made even more impressive by the long odds the Chiefs overcame.

“That’s what football is all about. You’re going to have weeks where you have injuries,” said Nick Foles, who started in place of injured quarterback Alex Smith. “You have to step up and make plays.”

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