This means that while the Chiefs lost a point when Santos' kick was blocked, once you add the Falcons' failed conversions and Berry's return, they were a net plus-three on the transactions when compared with each side converting traditional kicks.
Wilson was so happy that he launched into a somersault after crossing the goal line after scoring the first rushing touchdown on a fake punt in the NFL since 2008.
He then made his way across the end zone to a corner of the Georgia Dome where several family and friends had gathered to share in the celebration of the biggest play of Wilson's career.
Reason to hope: The offense built on the signs of life it showed last week against Denver, carving up one of the league's worst passing defenses to win a road test against one of the league's best offenses. The Falcons may boast the league's top scoring offense, but the Chiefs' nearly matched them in yardage (418 to 389).
The number of catches matched a career best. His yardage bested his previous high as a pro of 128, set against Houston in last year's playoffs. And although he didn't get into the end zone, Kelce was a major factor in the offense's success.
"We isolated him a lot, and he just continued to make plays for us," Smith said. "He was so good after the catch. For a big guy to have the kind of vision he does."
"My dad always told me the most important point of the game is the extra point," said Berry, a Fairburn, Ga. native who enjoyed an emotional return to the city in which he conquered cancer two years ago. "A lot of people take that play off; like I said, it's an opportunity to make something happen, and I'm going to make the most of it."
Make your way around the Chiefs locker room, though, and you'll pick up on another theme of belief about Berry — one that suggests an almost mystical sense of him.
In one corner of the room, tight end Travis Kelce said, "He's not human out there."
On the other side of the room, Johnson said "it's not fair" ... but such stuff has come to be expected from Berry now.
A few lockers down, Hali said the Chiefs will continue to "rally around him; that's our leader.
Jones has yet to have consecutive outings in which he’s held under triple-digit receiving yards. That trend continued today as he followed up a 35-yard performance with seven catches for 113 yards. On the down side, he was clearly hobbled late in the game and was only seemingly inserted into the lineup as a decoy.
"I think everyone on the team wanted it for him more," he said. "I remember my first year here [in 2013] when Andy Reid went back to Philadelphia for the first time and everyone on the team wanted that [win] for Andy, for the situation that he had there.
Rice body-surfed his way into the pile, eventually landing flat on his back before declaring a Falcons recovery. The turnover halted a promising Kansas City drive, but cemented Rice’s status as a man intensely dedicated to getting the correct call on the field.
"It was a poor play on my part," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. " (I was) expecting combination coverage to the outside and Eric Berry did a good job of coming down off and going on to the tight end. A disappointing play. A bad play on my part. Ultimately, that was a tough one."
"Eric is the heart and soul of this team – I think the embodiment of what we’re about," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said in his post-game press conference. "That’s selflessness. That’s hard work, giving it up for the guy next to you. That’s all Eric talks about, and it’s real. It’s sincere. There’s no phoniness about it. It’s from the heart and I really think that does echo throughout the locker room."
The Chiefs also have to cut out penalties. Kansas City was called for 13 accepted penalties for 128 yards (including a league season-high 95 first-half penalty yards.) On one series in the first quarter, the Falcons went from their own 38 to the Chiefs 11 via three consecutive penalties and zero plays.
Berry acknowledged he "shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few during the game and I shed a few after,'' but he held his emotions together long enough to make two of the biggest plays in Kansas City's 29-28 victory over Atlanta.