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. He bounced back to connect on his last three attempts, including the decisive 43-yarder to put the Chiefs ahead 23-20.
“I didn’t have butterflies,” Butker said. “I felt confident. … I knew it was gonna come down to a field goal. I felt pretty calm.”
"It lets everybody in the league know that we finish," Kelce said. "It's a gut check once you get into the fourth quarter. It's something we pride ourselves in."
Duvernay-Tardif will have an MRI on Tuesday morning. If the damage is to the medial collateral ligament, the time missed could be minimal. A torn anterior cruciate ligament would likely cost him the season.
If Duvernay-Tardif is lost for a long period, one possible replacement is Parker Ehinger. He was a starting guard for the Chiefs last year, before his season ended prematurely because of a knee injury.
“Winning is more meaningful,” Hunt said. “Honestly, I could have 50 yards and as long as we win, I’m happy.”
Hunt also was at his tackle-breaking best against Washington. According to Pro Football Focus, Hunt forced nine missed tackles, matching the most among NFL running backs in this weekend’s games.
The last-play defensive touchdown caused an approximately $350,000 swing against the house at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology, according to vice president of risk Jason Simbal, who added that $100,000 of that loss came from one big bet on the Chiefs -7.
They won because Andy Reid found enough short passes and tricks and second-half changes. They won because the defense held up, the offense didn’t turn it over, a little luck thrown in, and another loud prime-time crowd. They won despite a missed field goal.
This is a good team the Chiefs beat, too. Washington won its last two games, including a destruction of the Raiders last week. Its offense and defense both entered the game ranked in the top eight.
The ESPN cameras were focused on Kirk Cousins as the “home of the Chiefs” moment approached, and the Redskins quarterback visibly reacted to the shout.
This has been a longstanding tradition in Kansas City sports, and even ventured over to Kansas Jayhawks basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse — something head coach Bill Self and the university urged fans to stop doing.
Members of the Redskins remained standing on their sideline, arms locked in unity, as the Kansas City Symphony performed the anthem. Everybody on the Chiefs sideline also remained standing except for cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, who sat stoically on the bench.
Week 4 was a good weekend for touchdown dances and Monday night was the perfect cherry on top.
The Redskins even -- for a split second -- appeared to have won in regulation. Receiver Josh Doctson makes acrobatic catches all the time in practice. Teammates often get wide-eyed discussing them. Doctson turned and jumped for a ball in the end zone Monday -- and made the catch -- but then lost it as he hit the ground. It wasn’t a bad play; it was nearly a great one to win a game. Instead, it merely set the Chiefs up to drive for the winning field goal with four seconds left. A touchdown off a fumble recovery after a series of Redskins pitches completed the scoring.
“If you want to be one of the best in this league, you’ve got to do it week in and week out,” Kerrigan said. “Yeah, we looked really good against a good tea last week. But you’ve got to do it against every team. We can be one of the upper echelon teams, just too many mistakes. If you’re doing that against anybody, let alone the best team in the league, it’s just an uphill climb for you. A lot of the penalties are things we just can’t have. . . . We’ve got to be better against the run. They had a nice balance that wasn’t good for us.”
Through the first three games of the season, the Chiefs have revealed multiple ways to achieve victory. The message they sent against the Redskins was impossible to miss: This team can win a street fight when it has to as well. "We learned that if we keep fighting to the finish, we can beat anybody," Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt said. "We're a really good football team and the longer we keep fighting, the better we become. I just feel like we have to keep it rolling."