KANSAS CITY, Sporting Alert — Harrison Butker kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining and the Kansas City Chiefs stayed undefeated in the NFL with a 29-20 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
With the scores locked at 20-20 with less than a minute to play, Alex Smith led a six-play, 50-yard drive to steer the Chiefs in field goal range before Butker, who missed an earlier attempt, connected for the win in his first career game.
With Washington pushing for the win, Kansas City managed to score again when Justin Houston returned a 13-yard fumble.
The win on Monday Night Football saw the Chiefs improved to 4-0 and remained the only undefeated team in the NFL this season.
Smith, who found Albert Wilson with a 37-yard strike to set up Butker’s go-ahead kick, finished 27 of 37 for 293 yards with a touchdown and tally a further 56 yards on the ground with a score for Kansas City.
Also shining for the home side were tight end Travis Kelce, who caught seven balls for 111 yards and a touchdown while rookie running back Kareem Hunt added 101 yards on the ground.
“I mean, it’s the NFL. It’s any given Sunday for a reason,” Kelce said. “All these teams are scheming everybody up.
“It’s a testament to this team for especially not only being 4-0, but the way we’ve won.”
Hunt was surpassing 100-yards rushing this season for the fourth straight game.
Kirk Cousins went 14 of 24 for 220 yards and two touchdowns for Washington (2-2) in the defeat.
However, his potential game-winning throw to the end zone with 50 seconds to go was dropped by Josh Doctson.
“We’ll go back and try to look at different plays throughout the game that could have made a big difference,” Cousins said.
“A tough one to lose. I felt like we had a chance there and didn’t get it done.”
Vernon Davis catches for passes for 89 yards and Terrelle Pryor Sr. had three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Grant also had a scoring reception for the Redskins, who lost cornerbacks Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Montae Nicholson and Kendall Fuller, as well as safety Deshazor Everett due to injuries.
Up next for Kansas City Chiefs is a road game at the Houston Texans on Sunday night.
Washington Redskins, in the meantime, have a bye this coming week. They will entertain San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 13.
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