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Alex Smith to Jeremy Maclin opened up Chiefs' offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs’ winning streak was at four games on Nov. 29 when they played against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. And for the most part, they had been able to play each of those four games on their terms. Except for a brief, early 3-0 lead by the Detroit Lions in one of those games, the Chiefs hadn’t trailed since the winning streak started.

That changed against the Bills. Buffalo took an early lead of 10-0 and was up 16-7 late in the second quarter when the Chiefs unveiled a deep passing game they hadn’t shown much in their three seasons with Alex Smith at quarterback.

With the Chiefs at the Buffalo 41, Smith took a deep drop and threw down the right sideline for Jeremy Maclin. The wide receiver had a step on cornerback Ronald Darby, and Smith placed the ball perfectly for the touchdown.

The play sparked a Kansas City comeback and for that, the pass is No. 6 on the list of the plays that defined the Chiefs’ season. They would go on to beat the Bills 30-22 behind an offense that gained 413 yards, the second-highest total of the season for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs achieved that because of their big-play passing game, which produced four pass plays of more than 30 yards for the only time of the season. Three went to Maclin, who had a season-high against the Bills with 160 receiving yards.

The play began a stretch of six touchdowns for Maclin over the season’s final six games.