That’s when Smith went to work to lead the game-winning drive, sparked by his scrambling toss to Wilson.

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 its 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 4:51 remaining. Cousins led the Redskins 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.

It’s practically impossible to be as good as he was against the Patriots that night, but this was the closest he has come. He has continued to throw deep, in defiance of everything he’d shown throughout his career. He has run an offense that has been more creative and versatile than any other Andy Reid has given him in his five years there.

His chemistry with all his weapons has been complete a different player every week, while each can make a big play at any time. On this night, it was a lot of Travis Kelce, just enough of Wilson at the right time, Tyreek Hill as a decoy more often than not, and still enough of Kareem Hunt for him to wear down the defense.

Smith has done that while still being the safe, turnover-proof “manager” he hates being called. He has not thrown an interception yet. He used his feet again to escape trouble, no easy task with the pressure Washington put on him most of the night (he still got sacked four times).avalanche_278

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