The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 29-28, at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon, improving to 9-3 on the season.
Just after the Falcons took a 28-27 lead on a touchdown with 4:32 remaining in the game, the Falcons lined up for a two-point conversion with a one-point lead. Safety Eric Berry returned a two-point conversion interception 99 yards to give the Chiefs the one-point lead and eventual win. He also returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the game.
Tight end Travis Kelce had a career-high 140 yards on eight receptions, and quarterback Alex Smith was 21 of 25 for 270 yards and a touchdown.
Albert Wilson also took a direct snap on a fake point and raced 55 yards for a touchdown.
The Falcons received the ball to begin the game and looked very sharp on their first drive, converting three first downs on their first three offensive plays. Devonta Freeman ran it in for the early 7-0 lead. Matt Ryan was 6 for 6 for 67 yards on the drive.
The Chiefs answered very quickly. After an 18-yard run by wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Smith hit Kelce on back-to-back plays—first for 21 yards and then for 35 yards deep down the left sideline. At the Atlanta 3-yard line, RB Spencer Ware ran it in for the touchdown. Kicker Cairo Santos' extra point was blocked, making it 7-6 Falcons with eight minutes left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Berry was flagged for a 40-yard defensive pass interference penalty to bring the Falcons to the Kansas City 22-yard line, but the Chiefs defense was able to hold up in the red zone, pushing the Falcons to fourth down. The Falcons settled for a 22-yard field goal to increase their lead to 4 points.
The Chiefs faced third-and-3 at the Atlanta 39-yard line on their next drive, and linebacker Vic Beasley sacked Smith on the play. Smith lost the football, and the Falcons recovered at their own 42-yard line to give Ryan and the offense a short field. The Falcons converted a 22-yard field goal off the turnover to extend their lead to 13-6 early in the second quarter.
The Chiefs started at their own 8-yard line after a holding penalty on the kickoff, but Smith threw to Hill for 13 yards to quickly get the Chiefs to the 21. On third-and-11 at the 20-yard line, Smith hit Wilson deep in the middle of the field for a 21-yard gain.
Two passes to Kelce—a 16-yard gain on first down and a 27-yard gain on a later second down brought the Chiefs to the Atlanta 12. The Chiefs would eventually face fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3-yard line, and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid opted to go for it. Smith hit Ware short to his left for a 3-yard touchdown and a 13-13 tie.
The Chiefs forced the first punt of the game with only a little more than three minutes left in the second quarter, and the Falcons would force their first punt on the next drive with one minute to go.
On first down at the Atlanta 25-yard line, Ryan attempted a pass to WR Taylor Gabriel across the middle of the field, and Berry picked the ball off and returned it 37 yards for the touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 20-13 lead.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant hit a 59-yard field goal to make it 20-16 Kansas City into the half.
The Chiefs received the ball to begin the second half, but the Falcons defense quickly got the Chiefs to a fourth down. On fourth-and-1, the Chiefs lined up for a punt, but Reid went for the fake. Winchester snapped the ball into the hands of Wilson, who ran it right through the middle of the Falcons punt team 55 yards for the touchdown. The Chiefs extended their lead to 27-16.
The Falcons got the ball to the Kansas City 10-yard line on their next possession and facing fourth-and-1, they opted to go for the first down. LB Frank Zombo made a great play to prevent Freeman from catching the football, and the Chiefs forced a turnover on downs.
Despite the turnover, the Falcons drew nearer in the fourth quarter. On third-and-4 at the Kansas City 15-yard line, Ryan found Gabriel for a 14-yard gain. On the next play at the goal line, Ryan handed it off to Freeman for his second 1-yard touchdown of the game. The Falcons' two-point conversion try failed thanks to great coverage by LB Derrick Johnson on Freeman, so the Chiefs held onto a 27-22 lead.
The Falcons forced the Chiefs to punt on their next drive, and they got into Chiefs territory on a wide open 42-yard pass from Ryan to WR Levine Toilolo. On third-and-9 at the Kansas City 17-yard line, Ryan scrambled for 12 yards and a first down. On second-and-goal at the Kansas City 5-yard line, Ryan hit Aldrick Robinson for the touchdown and 28-27 lead.
The Falcons opted for a two-point conversion with Ryan looking for TE Austin Hooper. Berry intercepted the football and returned it 99 yards and into the Falcons end zone to retake the lead for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs then led 29-28 and ran out the clock for the win.
LBs Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson each had nine tackles. LB Justin Houston recorded his fourth sack of the season.
The Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football at 7:25 p.m. CT.
Photos from the Chiefs Week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons