Well, that was something. The Chiefs beat the Falcons, 29-28 to move to 9-3 on the season.
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The Chiefs looked awful against the Falcons to star the game, then looked great to take a lead, then bad again when the Falcons took the lead back late and then ERIC BERRY!!!
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Eric Berry is amazing
He was the difference in this game. It was a homecoming for him having grown up in the Atlanta area. This is where he did his chemo. His parents and family were in the stands.
The first big play came when he picked off Matt Ryan and ran it back for a touchdown before the end of the first half. He scored and then gave the ball to his mom in the stands. It was a great, great moment.
The second play was even more unbelievable. The Falcons took the lead with 4:32 left in the game, 28-27. They were going for two to try and push the score to a three point lead. Berry instead picked off the two-point attempt and ran it back for a score. That’s worth two points so the Chiefs took the lead back, 29-28.
Travis Kelce is a monster
He has three straight games with at least 100 yards receiving. He had 99 yards in the first half of this game and ended with a career high 140 receiving yards. He is a very good player overall but what separates him is his ability with the ball in his hands. He picks up a lot of yards after the catch. Even at his size he has some wiggle and can break tackles. His first quarter catch from Alex Smith over the top of his head was outstanding. He picked up some more YAC in the fourth to help the Chiefs bleed that clock.
Alex Smith was very accurate
He was 17/19 at one point but ended the game at 21/25 for 270 yards and a touchdown. He was solid all day long. The Chiefs are legit contenders with this Alex Smith. He was very good and efficient and stretched the field. He got some help with some nice YAC from his teammates too.
There was one that hurt. On third and two while the Chiefs were trying to run the clock down in the fourth quarter he missed a wide open Spencer Ware down the field. It would’ve been a touchdown. Luckily, that didn’t end up mattering.
Not only did they convert but the Chiefs also scored. Dave Toub, great call. The Chiefs knew they needed something extra to beat the NFL’s No. 1 offense and they were right.
Chiefs rotate the pass rushers
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston each had a sack. Frank Zombo made a key fourth down stop. Dee Ford played a little bit. The Chiefs rotated all their pass rushers throughout the game. I’m sure part of the reason for that is they’re playing the Raiders on Thursday night on a short week.