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Albert Wilson's Touchdown Changed the Game Sunday

The second-year receiver tied a career high for yards receiving

It was late in the second quarter at a dreary Arrowhead Stadium, and there was no score on the board between the Kansas City Chiefs and the visiting San Diego Chargers.

The rainy weather seemed to have curbed both offenses, and the likelihood of a touchdown before half on either side seemed bleak.

Alex Smith had the Chiefs offense at the San Diego 44-yard line for second-and-6, but before he snapped the ball, he noticed something.

The Chargers were about to bring the house.

"We had the play call on and then they showed pressure, kind of bringing it," he explained after the game. "I felt really good about the matchup with Albert (Wilson)."

Smith called an audible, sending Wilson on a slant route behind what he believed to be a blitzing secondary.

It turned out Smith was right.

"He checked it backside," Wilson said. "I knew they were going to bring pressure, I had a slant route and I knew if I was going to be able to get inside that it was going to be a good play."

Smith hit Wilson on the route and he darted past Chargers cornerback Steve Williams, the only man covering him.

The 44-yard reception ended up being the game-winning score and the only touchdown of the entire game.

"You saw it," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. "[Smith] was completely responsible for the only touchdown. He made the check versus zero blitz, and they were coming after us with everybody. He got us out of a situation and put us in a better situation, so I thought he did a great job with it."

In recent games, Wilson's fellow receiver in Jeremy Maclin has garnered much of the team's targets, and with it, the receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns. But Smith revealed after the game that he has been talking to Wilson over the past few weeks, advising him to remain patient.

"I've just been telling Albert to stay ready, it's coming," he said. "Obviously with Jeremy and (Travis) Kelce getting a lot of attention, we were going to get some looks out there with Albert. That guy is a heck of a player, a really good football player and [I'm] excited for him today."

In addition to the touchdown, Wilson had 3 other receptions in the game, including a 29-yard catch early in the second quarter that required him to high-point the ball over a taller defender in the middle of the field.

The 5-foot-9 receiver showed the athleticism to make the play and evidenced the growing rapport between he and his quarterback.

"Alex has been in for about 10 years and I'm able to come in as a young receiver and pick his [brain] and see what he would like on the field," he said. "That's why that chemistry makes it good."

Wilson finished with 4 catches for a team-leading 87 yards receiving, tying a career high for him in the process. Asked about the offense as a whole after the game, Wilson further explained that this is just the beginning.

"We're definitely clicking now," he said. "I think from here on out, we're going to keep clicking."

Photos from Chiefs Week 14 matchup against the Chargers.

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