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After his pick-six, Eric Berry gave the ball to his mom in the stands

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) gave the football to his mother after his second quarter interception against the Atlanta Falcons on December 4, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) gave the football to his mother after his second quarter interception against the Atlanta Falcons on December 4, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. deulitt@kcstar.com

Even Grinch had to smile at a sweet moment in the Chiefs’ game Sunday at Atlanta.

Late in the first half, Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. When he got to the end zone, Berry looked for a special person to give the ball to: his mom, Carol.

Berry grew up outside Atlanta, so playing back in Georgia for the first time since his treatment for cancer was going to be sweet anyway. But the pick-six made it even better.

Berry and his mom are very close, and this column from Vahe Gregorian details how tough the cancer diagnosis was for Carol.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry traveled back to Georgia for chemotherapy after being diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. On Wednesday, Berry practiced with his team for the first time this year and spoke about his cancer batt

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