For one of the few times all night, Arrowhead Stadium was quiet.
With only 47 seconds left in their primetime showdown against Washington, the Chiefs had the ball at their own 25-yard line, with the score knotted at 20. If the Chiefs were going to extend their reign as the NFL’s lone undefeated team, it was time for someone –– anyone –– to be a hero.
The Chiefs, however, have consistently had a number of players step up in crunch time under coach Andy Reid, and true to form, that would prove to be the case in a 29-20 victory over Washington before an announced crowd of 74,587 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Quarterback Alex Smith and receiver Albert Wilson were the first heroes. A few moments later, Smith scrambled away from pressure and fired a beautiful ball downfield to Wilson, who sprinted for a 37-yard gain that gave the offense –– and the nervous crowd –– hope and life.
The third hero was receiver Chris Conley, who caught a clutch 10-yard pass over the middle to set up the fourth hero, rookie kicker Harrison Butker.
Butker, who was signed this week to replace injured kicker Cairo Santos, had missed his first field goal attempt of the game hours earlier. Butker, however, had bounced back to connect on his last three attempts, including the decisive 43-yarder to put the Chiefs ahead 23-20.
With only four seconds left, Washington was essentially done at that point. A miracle was needed, and the Chiefs’ defense…