The Chiefs took a big step toward a division title on Saturday night with a 30-13 victory over the Chargers that featured a much bigger contribution from cornerback Marcus Peters than they got in their last two games.
Peters was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in a 38-31 loss to the Jets two weeks ago and his response to it led the Chiefs to suspend him for last week’s win over the Raiders. Peters made it back into the lineup on Saturday and helped turn the game in his team’s direction in the second half.
With the Chiefs up 17-13, Peters picked off a deep shot intended for wide receiver Tyrell Williams and returned it 62 yards to the Chargers’ 6-yard-line. A field goal followed a few plays later and the Chiefs added three more points after Peters forced a fumble on the next Chargers possession. He added a second interception of Philip Rivers near the end of the fourth quarter to seal the win.
“Definitely not surprised,” quarterback Alex Smith said of Peters’ performance, via ESPN.com. “Not to say I knew but definitely not surprised. He’s such a competitor on top of the kind of player he is. He’s got amazing ability … such great feel for the game.”
Peters’ play this season wasn’t up the same standard he set in his first two years and the Chiefs secondary was a problem in general as the team went from 5-0 to 6-6. Saturday was much better for Peters and the last two weeks have been good for the unit overall, which presents a couple of reasons for optimism with the playoffs rapidly approaching.