ATLANTA — What a homecoming for Eric Berry.
A pick six, a pick two and a victory he'll never forget.
After the Falcons grabbed the lead with less than five minutes left, Berry intercepted a two-point conversion pass by Matt Ryan and returned it 99 yards to give the Chiefs two points and an improbable 29-28 triumph Sunday.
Berry grew up in suburban Atlanta and was playing in the city for the first time as a pro. His mother was in the stands at the Georgia Dome, cheering him on. But, most poignantly, this was where he returned for treatment after a mass found in his chest near the end of the 2014 season turned out to be Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"The last time I came home during the season, it was to get chemotherapy," Berry said. "I take pride in a lot of things that people take for granted, so when opportunities come my way, I just cherish them and try to make the most of them."
In the final minute of the first half, Berry stepped in front of Ryan's throw over the middle and returned that interception 37 yards for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs their first lead. After scoring, Berry found his mom — wearing his No. 29 jersey— and delivered her the ball. She blew him back a kiss. "I just handed it to her and told her I'd be back," he said.
The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Ryan's 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 left. Atlanta decided to go for two. But Berry read it all the way, stepped in front of the tight end and took off the other way with no one close to him.