Tuesday, December 28, 2010
AFC West High Energy Player of the Week
By Bill Williamson
A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 16:
The Titans never recovered after Eric Berry's pick six in the second quarter.
It’s fitting that the player who gave the Kansas City Chiefs a huge dose of high energy on the day they clinched the AFC West championship is rookie safety Eric Berry.
Berry has been the showcase player of a terrific rookie class that both gave the Chiefs an immediate boost and hope for a bright future. The No. 5 overall pick put an exclamation point on a stellar season with a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 24-point lead over the Tennessee Titans late in the first half. Kansas City went on to win 34-14 and clinched its first division championship three hours later when the the Cincinnati Bengals upset the San Diego Chargers.
After the Chiefs took a 24-0 lead half way through the second quarter, the Titans scored a touchdown. The Titans held Kansas City scoreless in its ensuing drive. Tennessee was trying to cut the deficit to 10 points when Berry intercepted a short pass from Kerry Collins at the 50-yard line. Berry took it and rumbled right through Tennessee’s offense, stumbling and bumbling his way to the end zone. The New Arrowhead Stadium crowd erupted as teammates mobbed Berry.
It was a highlight on a day of major celebration in Kansas City.