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Chiefs chalkboard: A breakdown of a (rare) Alex Smith downfield completion in 2014

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The Chiefs didn’t have many explosive passing plays downfield this season, as quarterback Alex Smith only completed eight of 24 passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. By comparison, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers — the league’s MVP — completed 29 of 69.

But there were signs later in the season that Smith might be willing to take more shots. In his last four games, he attempted 10 throws of 20 yards or more — an average of 2.5 per game, or double his average over the first 11 games.

In what I hope is a new series at, I’ve broken down one of those plays — a 48-yard throw to Albert Wilson — against the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 on The Star’s Chiefs Chalkboard. It’s the kind of play where the Chiefs got a good play call, good blocking up front and good execution from the quarterback and receiver — all of which you need to complete the deep ball. Hope you enjoy.

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