Byrd takes over NFL interception lead

December, 13, 2009
12/13/09
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Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd ended his longest interception slump since he became a starter.

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Whew.

Three whole games.

Byrd, a rookie who could very well be the Bills' MVP this year, became the NFL's sole interception leader when he came down with one of Matt Cassel's four interceptions in a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

Byrd has nine interceptions, separating himself from New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper, who also went into Sunday with eight.

One more and Byrd will tie Buffalo's franchise record set by Billy Atkins in 1961 and tied by Tom Janik in 1967.

Byrd's interception was a big one. It came at the Bills' 23-yard line to end a 13-play Chiefs possession that seemed destined for the end zone just before the two-minute warning.

The Bills intercepted Cassel on each of the Chiefs' final three drives, with linebacker Paul Posluszny grabbing one early in the fourth quarter and safety George Wilson ending the game.

Left cornerback Terrence McGee was responsible for Cassel's other interception.

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