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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NFLN survey/Super Bowl QB: Chiefs

By Adam Teicher

Fourteen quarterbacks received votes in ESPN NFL Nation’s player poll on which passer is the best in two-minute situations. To nobody’s surprise, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers received the most votes.

To everyone’s surprise, Matt McGloin received two votes and Josh Johnson one. Those were, respectively, two and one votes more than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith.

Smith didn’t have a lot of chances to show his late-game skills this season. In going 9-0 to begin the year, the Chiefs were almost always ahead in the fourth quarter.

He did take the Chiefs on a go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter of a November game against the San Diego Chargers, the score coming on Smith’s 5-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe. That effort was wasted when the Chargers scored a touchdown of their own in the final seconds to win the game.

Smith the next week took the Chiefs on a fourth-quarter TD drive to cut their deficit to seven points against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs moved to the Denver 13 on their next possession but the drive stalled there and they lost 35-28.

Then there was the playoff game in Indianapolis when the Chiefs trailed by a point and needed just a field goal to take the lead. Smith’s fourth-down pass for Bowe was on target, but Bowe ran a sloppy route along the sideline and was out of bounds when he made the catch.

So Smith has plenty of work to do before he’s in the two-minute class of Brady, Manning and Rodgers. And, judging from the results of the NFL Nation poll, he has work to do to catch McGloin and Johnson.