Harrison Butker game-winning field goal lifts Chiefs to 29-20 victory

AP

Harrison Butler’s first regular season NFL game ended with converting a 43-yard field goal to lift the Kansas City Chiefs over the Washington Redskins on Monday.

The fumble return by Justin Houston for a touchdown on a last-ditch lateral play was just the icing on the cake in Kansas City’s 29-20 victory.

Signed just this week off the Carolina Panthers practice squad to replace Cairo Santos, Butker converted field goals of 26, 32 and 43 yards on the night. The final one allowed the Chiefs to remain undefeated as Butker split the uprights with just four seconds remaining to lift the Chiefs to victory.

Washington fumbled on the final play of the game, which Houston scooped for an additional, but unnecessary, six extra points that allowed the Chiefs to cover the seven-point spread of the game.

After Washington grabbed the early 10-0 lead, the Chiefs dominated much of the remainder of the game. Kansas City held possession for over 30 minutes during the final three quarters of regulation. Nevertheless, Washington managed to do enough to keep the game tied.

After Butker converted a 32-yard field goal with 4:51 remaining to give the Chiefs a 20-17 lead, Kirk Cousins led the Redskins for a tying score. Cousins scrambled for 33 yards on the drive to move Washington into scoring range. Josh Doctson dropped a perfect pass from Cousins in the end zone that would have given Washington the lead. Instead, they had to settle for a 40-yard tying field goal from Dustin Hopkins.

That allowed the Chiefs to answer with a game-winning drive. Alex Smith connected with Albert Wilson while evading pressure outside the pocket for 37 yards to move into Washington territory. Another 10-yard pass to Chris Conley set up Butker’s 43-yard game-winning kick.

Kareem Hunt finished with his third 100-yard game in the first four games of his career, rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries for the Chiefs. Travis Kelce also posted a 100-yard receiving game with seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown as Smith threw for 293 yards on the night for Kansas City.

Cousins finished with 220 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also led Washington in rushing with 38 yards on seven carries.

38 responses to “Harrison Butker game-winning field goal lifts Chiefs to 29-20 victory

  1. Three penalties on KC for the whole game and none in the second half? 50 percent of those Alex Smith scrambles came while our dlinemen were being completely held. The teams were evenly matched, and the skins made mistakes, but KC got EVERY break in that game.

  2. A tough opponent and good win. Washington came to play, punched KC in the mouth in the first quarter and let them know this was gonna be a fight. I freaking love Travis Kelce but I loved seeing him get hit by Norman on that play for a quick reality check. The Chiefs are the best team in the NFL right now and it feels good.

  3. It’s better to be lucky than good the old adage and it applies to my Chiefs. Through four weeks NFL, haven’t seen any team looks any better the others: are about 27 merit mediocre label, other 5 teams are to date even less than mediocre; miss the good old days football 1960’s when unlike today were clearly some ‘great’ teams, some average and an few poor.

    Any the first group of 27 looks Superbowl caliber modern era watered down parity. If they gave Lombardi’s out for 4-0 starts, Chiefs would be Champions, but they started 9-0 under Reid one year and 9-0 under Vermeil too another but never do it when it matters the most, post season. Pretenders we remain to most our fans here the ‘Show Me State’, as only the kool-aid drinkers think a fast start proves something… of course, it doesn’t.

    Too, players continue drop like flies NFL: tonight we lost yet another offensive line OG, and it looks to be season ending. He’ll join two other former starters gone S and PK, and with 12 games still to go regular season the carnage only figures get worse, this battle of attrition.

    Next: the leading Rookie of the Year candidate to date Deshaun Watson/Texans on the road in Houston. If we lose (suspect we will) in week 5, no big deal any more than not having done so yet through four, conversely.

  4. Great game. But the Redskins let them off the hook. 7 3rd down penalties to extend Chief drives. Doctson has to make that catch at the end. Jordan Reed was also wide open on the play, but cmon Doctson..

  5. Redskins receiver took his hand off the ball to pad his landing. Two hand catch, two hand secure, one hand weak sauce landing to lose the game. $20k a week at minimum and you won’t get the wind knocked out of you? Weak.

  6. great job by GM Veach to go get the best K available after camp cuts. Necessarily contributed to the win. Licht in Tampa, did you see that?

  7. A great game and think about Butker, what a ride in his first meaningful NFL game. From goat to hero in one night!

    Everything we love about sports.

  8. Well the chiefs played a good game tonight but they are not world beaters. Washington’s defense could not stop themselves with penalties. Was it 4 in a row 3rd down offsides/encroachment penalties? Cousins earned his keep tonight.

  9. The Goat for the Redskins??? Breeland?? Smith?? Doctson??? Nope Gruden was the goat of this game. He made perhaps the dumbest in game decision I have ever seen from a head coach. Time out at 3rd and 2 with 57 seconds remaining? Without that decision there was only two possibilities a Redskins win or overtime (this assumes the field goal would still have been made). That decision lost the game.

  10. There’s no article about it but I want to give my condolences and prayers to Marty Schottenheimer and his family. That segment on ESPN was absolutely heartbreaking, alzheimers sucks.

  11. Cousins led the Redskins in rushing? You are not going to win many games that way.

    Reid’s comment about “Butt-kicker.com” (in reference to Butker) is an instant classic.

  12. hogdropalogonbigd says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:25 am
    Three penalties on KC for the whole game and none in the second half? 50 percent of those Alex Smith scrambles came while our dlinemen were being completely held. The teams were evenly matched, and the skins made mistakes, but KC got EVERY break in that game.
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    Chiefs lead the league in penalties…so yeah… there’s that. Oh, and I guess your O-line were never holding Houston & Jones…on every play.

  13. Not a fan of either team but don’t these Deadskin fans think they just “gave it away”. Remember KC was playing without half their staring O Line. Funny how fandom colors your vision

  14. The Redskins played a pretty good game…..really well in the 1st half but KC is looking really tough. They are easily playing better than any team in the league right now. Looking forward to KC / Denver matchup….should be fun to watch!

  15. I see a lot of Skins fans talking, but the fact is, the Chiefs dominated in every facet of that game. The Eagles are the class of that division.

  16. hogdropalogonbigd says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:25 am
    Three penalties on KC for the whole game and none in the second half? 50 percent of those Alex Smith scrambles came while our dlinemen were being completely held. The teams were evenly matched, and the skins made mistakes, but KC got EVERY break in that game.

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    I’m glad you mention this, because the previous 3 weeks the Chiefs opponents got all the breaks and KC still won. It was a good game, but the Chiefs wore your Redskins defense down in the 2nd half.

  17. Kerouac says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:48 am
    It’s better to be lucky than good the old adage and it applies to my Chiefs. Through four weeks NFL, haven’t seen any team looks any better the others: are about 27 merit mediocre label, other 5 teams are to date even less than mediocre; miss the good old days football 1960’s when unlike today were clearly some ‘great’ teams, some average and an few poor.

    Any the first group of 27 looks Superbowl caliber modern era watered down parity. If they gave Lombardi’s out for 4-0 starts, Chiefs would be Champions, but they started 9-0 under Reid one year and 9-0 under Vermeil too another but never do it when it matters the most, post season. Pretenders we remain to most our fans here the ‘Show Me State’, as only the kool-aid drinkers think a fast start proves something… of course, it doesn’t.

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    If they were “your” Chiefs as you put it, you’d know they’ve never started 9-0 under Andy Reid. That was in 2003 under Dick Vermeil – completely different team and circumstances.

  18. chiefsfolife says:
    October 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    “If they were “your” Chiefs as you put it, you’d know they’ve never started 9-0 under Andy Reid. That was in 2003 under Dick Vermeil – completely different team and circumstances.”

    – Dear Dunce

    Look up Reid’s 2013 first season with the Chiefs start… 9-0… then forward your mea culpa to Kerouac.

  19. KC took advantage of Redskin self inflicted wounds in the 2nd half. How many times did Wash stop them on 3rd down only to have a penalty keep their drives alive?? And KC took advantage of it. Being undefeated and the quote ” The best team” in the NFL, I don’t think many teams fear the Chiefs though..

  20. channer81 says:
    October 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    KC took advantage of Redskin self inflicted wounds in the 2nd half. How many times did Wash stop them on 3rd down only to have a penalty keep their drives alive?? And KC took advantage of it. Being undefeated and the quote ” The best team” in the NFL, I don’t think many teams fear the Chiefs though..

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    The AFC West does. We own that division.

  21. Redlikethepig

    Just a reminder…

    Season Division

    EAGLES 3 – 1 2 – 0
    Cowboys 2 – 2 1 – 0
    Redskins 2 – 2 0 – 1
    Giants 0 – 4 0 – 2

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