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Chiefs’ defense starts with takeaway, ends with giveway

Derrick Johnson on Marcus Peters

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson says Marcus Peters is not a typical second year cornerback.
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Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson says Marcus Peters is not a typical second year cornerback.

To the good, Marcus Peters picked up where he left off last season as a rookie, ending the Seahawks’ first possession with an interception.

The Chiefs’ starting defense kept Seattle out of the end zone, holding the Seahawks to three field goals and helped Kansas City maintain a lead for nearly every minute of the game.

But ultimately, the defense didn’t get it done. The Seahawks scored their only touchdown on a long pass on the final play of regulation and converted a two-point play to win 17-16 on Saturday.

“We stayed in the game, we had a chance to win the game, but we didn’t get it done,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said.

If ever a loss seems meaningless in the NFL, it’s a preseason game. Still …

“I wouldn’t say acceptable, but they made a heck of a play, you have to tip your hat to them,” Chiefs outside linebacker Dezman Moses said.

Seattle seemed doomed after a clock management malfunction when rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin took a snap from the Chiefs 38 with 24 seconds remaining. The play gained 1 yard and it took the Seahawks 20 more seconds to get off another snap.

Seahawks wide receiver Tanner McEvoy put his body on Chiefs’ cornerback Malcolm Jackson as if he were screening for a rebound in basketball. McEvoy went up for the catch in the end zone with 0:00 on the clock.

Seattle opted for a two-point conversion, and the Chiefs made it easier with a penalty for having 12 players in the huddle. Seahawks running back Trovmaine Pope powered over from the 1 for the game-winning points.

Except for the final possession, in which the Seahawks traveled 88 yards in 1:07, the defense mostly held its own.

Peters’ pick occurred in the end zone, stopping a slick Russell Wilson-led drive. Wilson didn’t throw in Peters’ direction until the interception, picking on cornerback Steven Nelson on the series.

“Marcus Peters, he’s not a second-year player,” Johnson said. “He’s like an old-school veteran out there. He’s got a chip on his shoulder all the time. He’s a guy we’re going to count on and put on their best receiver.”

Nelson wound up leading the Chiefs with five tackles, but some of the best defensive moments came from the second team. Moses had a tackle for loss and tipped a pass. Linebacker Dadi Nicolas circled to the opposite side for a sack, and defensive end David King picked up the team’s other sack.

But in the end, the Chiefs did something they didn’t do last year, lose a preseason game.

“We’re a veteran team,” Johnson said. “We’ll fix what we did, the mistakes we made, and go on to the next one.”

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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