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Eric Berry named AFC defensive player of the week

Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry had a pretty nice trip back to his home state last Sunday.

Berry grew up outside of Atlanta and was in the city to face the Falcons in a game that the Chiefs needed to win to stay close to the Raiders in the AFC West. Berry did everything he could to help them do that.

Berry intercepted a Matt Ryan pass in the first half and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs a 20-13 lead on their hosts. That lead would grow to 11 points in the second half before a pair of touchdowns put Atlanta up 28-27 with 4:32 left to play in the game. They went for two after the second touchdown in hopes of extending their lead to three points, but Berry struck again.

He intercepted Ryan and returned the ball the length of the field for two points that gave the Chiefs a 29-28 victory. It was the first time that a player has returned an interception for two points since the NFL began allowing such plays last year and the finishing touch on an afternoon that made Berry the choice as the AFC’s defensive player of the week.

It’s the second time that Berry has won weekly honors this season and the Chiefs will be looking for more of the same against the Raiders on Thursday night.