(SL) – How Sway? Yes, it’s true that on any given Sunday a team can lose but it’s not supposed to be like this. As a matter of fact it’s almost been guaranteed that no other squad in the NFL has ever lost a game like this. It played out like a movie.
The Falcons were down by 11 going into the 4th qtr. Atlanta would power back and take the lead 28-27 with a little over 4 minutes to go and for whatever reason the Falcons decide to go for a 2 pt. conversion.
One would think the reason behind it would be to have 30 on the board in case the Chiefs get in field goal range for an easy 3. But what happened next was nothing short of crazy. Atlanta went for the 2-point conversion, Eric Berry intercepted it and took it back for the lead! I know..unbelievable right. The NFL has a new rule that teams can score defensive points on blocked kicks or missed two-point conversions.Let’s break it down. Matt Ryan took the snap, looked in the end zone and thought he had an open receiver but Berry jumped the crossing route and cleanly picked off the ball and ran it back for 99 yards. Berry, who 2 years ago was starting chemotherapy (hodgkin’s lymphoma), played in his first regular NFL season game in around 80 friends and family members in what would be an emotional comeback in the biggest way.
“Eric is the heart and soul of this team, the embodiment of what we’re about,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “That’s selflessness, hard work, giving it up for the guy next to you. That’s all Eric talks about, and it’s real, it’s sincere … and it’s from the heart.”
Alex Smith completed 21 of 25 passes for 270 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown to Spencer Ware. Travis Kelce was Kansas City’s top receiver, hauling in eight passes for 140 yards.
Ryan was 22 of 34 for 297 yards, but his two huge mistakes doomed the NFC South-leading Falcons. Julio Jones hauled in seven passes for 113 yards, while Devonta Freeman had a couple of 1-yard touchdown runs. Up next, the Falcons will play the Rams and Kansas City will take on the Raiders.