The Chiefs went three quarters before they found their passing game.
It came alive in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers -- just in time to make a four-score blowout seem closer than it ever was.
"Some of that was probably unanticipated, to that extent," Smith told reporters after the eight-point loss. "They were bringing it and kept bringing it. Obviously, we couldn't make a play against it."
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The stats suggest Smith and Co. held their own; reality suggests otherwise.
Take Jeremy Maclin's final stat sheet: Eight catches, 141 yards, and that drought-breaking touchdown. But the No. 1 receiver didn't catch his first pass until late in the third quarter and scored after 44 minutes of play.
Smith's stats (24-of-40, 290 yards, TD) are equally misleading. He completed two passes on seven attempts for 39 yards in the first half.
The Packers were content to surrender short, time-consuming receptions. They let the Chiefs bleed their own clock, stats be damned.
"It just wasn't good enough," Smith said. "All of us. Across the board."