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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chiefs

KANSAS CITY—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 3, 12 days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 2:30 p.m.  

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 19
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 25
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 32

Five key moments from Redskins vs Chiefs

Kirk Cousins’ 44-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor—This pass gave the visiting underdogs a lead that they held until well into the third quarter. It also established Pryor, who had not been the recipient of any deep passes in the first three games, as a legitimate long-ball threat.

Alex Smith’s 32-yard pass to Travis Kelce—It was 10-0 at the time and on third and 14 it looked like the Chiefs were going to have a second straight three and out. But Smith found Kelce down the middle for the first down. They didn’t score on the possession but the extended drive was the beginning of the process of wearing down the Washington defense.

Preston Smith offside on third and goal at the one—The penalty yardage was insignificant but it gave the Chiefs another opportunity to score a touchdown after what appeared to be a third-down stop. Kansas City scored on the next play to go up for the first time at 14-10. There were two other key penalties in the drive, a horse-collar tackle on Bashaud Breeland and a roughing the passer foul on Junior Galette.

Cousins pass to Davis for 69 yards—Immediately after that touchdown drive, Cousins found Davis down the seam and the 33-year-old tight end looked like a much younger player as he wove his way down the field all the way down the field to the six yard line. Two plays later, Cousins threw to Ryan Grant and the Redskins regained the lead.

Cousins pass intended for Doctson in the end zone incomplete—On third and two from the KC 22 with 57 seconds left the Redskins had a chance to win it when Josh Doctson had two hands on a pass into the end zone. The problem was he had to leap over the defender to try to make the catch and the receiver landed hard on the ground, dislodging the ball from his grip. It was a very tough chance and while you’d like to see him come down with that it would be unfair to call it a drop. In any case, the Redskins had to settle for a tying field goal.

Smith 37-yard pass to Albert Wilson—Cousins made some plays with his feet during the drive to the tying field goal and Smith, who had made such plays all day, made one here. He had to scramble to his right and just before he crossed the line of scrimmage he found Wilson free down the sideline. The throw was on the money and Wilson held onto the ball despite taking a hard hit from safety Montae Nicholson. That put the Chiefs in field goal range at the Washington 34 and after a Kareem Hunt run it, rookie Harrison Butker came in and booted the game-winner from 43 yards.

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