The Play That Had Chiefs Fans Holding Their Breath

Aug 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) outruns Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Because of the ACL injuries last year I am very sensitive to the KC Chiefs and injuries. In last night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, I had one of those "Oh crap!" moments when safety Eric Berry was on the wrong end of a scary-looking block, one that had him doing a full flip in the air.

Everyone else noticed, too, I'm sure. It was one of those plays where your heart sinks and you hold your breath.

The good news is that Berry was not injured on the play. He was fine. More good news is that I didn't have a heart attack -- and neither did Romeo -- after watching the play.

The thing about Berry is, he'll line up anywhere. Traditional safety spot. Like an outside linebacker. Right in the middle of the field. That's why he's so awesome. The Chiefs can do anything with him.


Wilson rolls out to the right, looking to pass. Berry is out of view here. He's covering the receiver that lined up to the right of Russell Wilson. Kinda says something about Berry when the play ultimately goes to the opposite side of the field as him and he's fast enough to get back to the other side of the field.

No one is open so Wilson takes off, reversing field and scrambling. There's Berry at the top of your screen. Leon Washington, No. 33, is at the bottom of the screen.


There's Berry, staring down Wilson, who appears to notice Berry. That's Washington, stopping to make the block on Berry. This is almost like a punt or kick return with guys sprinting in open field like that.


There's Washington going low on Berry, who sees what's about to happen. This was a really good block that sprung Wilson even farther down the field. Berry would've caught him if it weren't for Washington. Now, for the moment we all held our breath...


Wow, is that a scary scene or what? Look at Berry in mid-air like that. It doesn't look like he has control of his body. It looks like it could be a knee injury from the hit or another kind of injury from the landing.


Oh gosh. How does he not land on his head? I was sitting in the press box and said, "Oh, Berry," under my breath right as this happened. The person next to me said, "Oh, no." This play looked really bad.


Berry does the full flip, which is actually a good thing. He didn't land on his neck or anything. He lands on his back.


Boom. He lays on the turf. He briefly grabs the back of his legs, looking like he was hurt. That's when my heart stopped. I thought of last year, the secondary, the injury and...well, it was just a tough play to watch. I continued watching and saw Berry stand up and walk back to the defensive huddle.

Ironically, the guy who stayed down for an extra second was Leon Washington.

Wonder what Berry was thinking there?

Now, see the hit in action:
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