When he spoke to the media this week, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was not terribly interested in talking about his game-changing pass-interference call in the Chiefs’ 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday — with good reason.
“It’s football, we can’t control anything like that,” Peters said. “All we can do is do what we’re asked to do and go out there and play our hardest to give the best effort so we can give the team the best chance to win. We can’t take that call back, so we suck it up and we move on.”
It looked like Peters, a rookie first-round pick from Washington, locked up Marquess Wilson during a critical third-and-10 late in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Jay Cutler’s pass landed incomplete.
There was contact between the two on the play — though how much it led to the incompletion is debatable — and Peters was flagged for a penalty. Two plays later, Cutler threw a game-winning touchdown pass to running back Matt Forte.
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After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid defended Peters publicly, saying he didn’t agree with the call, and this week, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton did the same.
“There are calls that are just judgmental,” Sutton said. “I thought Marcus played the play pretty well, I’ll just leave it at that. What’s tough about that call at that point is, it’s at the end of the game. You try to learn how the game is being officiated as the game goes on. Sometimes it’s very tight, sometimes it isn’t as tight. Everybody, we all have to adjust to it.”