Alex Smith keeps Chiefs unbeaten with dramatic win over Washington

The Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten in the NFL with a hard-fought win over Washington.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

ALEX SMITH THREW for 293 yards, but it was with his legs that he really hurt Washington to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 29-20 victory on Monday.

Smith ran for 56 yards and scrambled out of the pocket in the final minute to find Albert Wilson up the sideline for a 37-yard gain to set up Harrison Butker’s 43-yard field goal to lift the Chiefs to victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

Butker, a rookie signed off the Carolina Panthers practice squad earlier in the week, was playing in his first NFL game and came through in the clutch after missing a field goal attempt before half-time.

The Chiefs (4-0) remain the NFL’s only undefeated team and have the league’s most balanced offense. While Smith was getting it done through the air, rookie running back Kareem Hunt ran for 101 yards on 21 carries.

It was not easy for the Chiefs as the Washington defense dominated early, but a slew of injuries for the road team benefited Kansas City late on.

Washington (2-2) started hot, driving 75 yards in six plays on the opening series to grab a 7-0 lead on a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Terrelle Pryor. The former Cleveland Browns receiver and Ohio State quarterback went over the top of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, who wanted an offensive pass interference penalty called.

Washington added a field goal before the Chiefs twice drove into their territory in the second quarter, but came away without points. A third trip did the job as Smith connected with tight end Travis Kelce for a 17-yard touchdown out of the two-minute warning.

Washington lost Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman with a rib injury that could see him miss multiple games. Norman was not the only player injured Monday as his side also lost running back Rob Kelley with an ankle injury and linebacker Martrell Spaight with injured ribs. Spaight did later return for the fourth quarter, but rookie safety Montae Nicholson left shortly thereafter.

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Kansas City took advantage of the injuries to the Washington defense, grabbing a 14-10 lead on the opening series of the second half.

Washington answered with a quick three-play, 75-yard touchdown drive of their own and the Chiefs added a field goal to tie it at 17-17 entering the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs then ate up the clock with a 14-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Butker’s go-ahead 32-yard field goal with four minutes, 51 seconds remaining. Cousins led Washington back downfield, mostly with his legs, to get a game-tying field goal with 47 seconds remaining. Cousins finished with 227 passing yards, going 13 of 23 through the air with two touchdowns and another 38 yards on the ground.

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