Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted Matt Ryan late in the second quarter for a touchdown to break a 13-13 tie as the Chiefs lead the Atlanta Falcons, 20-16, at halftime from the Georgia Dome.
Tight end Travis Kelce was the star of the half for the Chiefs, recording 4 receptions for 99 yards. Alex Smith is 11 of 13 for 168 yards passing and a touchdown while Spencer Ware scored twice, one rushing and another on a TD catch.
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. Running back Devonta Freeman ran it in for the early 7-0 lead. 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, 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 Tyreek Hill for 13 yards to quickly get the Chiefs to the 21. On third-and-11 at the 20-yard line, Smith hit WR Albert 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 end the half.
LB Derrick Johnson has recorded a team-high seven tackles. LB Justin Houston recorded his fourth sack of the season.
The Chiefs will begin the third quarter with the football.
Photos from the Chiefs Week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons