HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Marcus Peters is a passionate player, and it showed during and after the Houston Texans 19-12 win over his Kansas City Chiefs today at NRG Stadium.
Though he had two interceptions of Brock Osweiler, the second-year cornerback was also part of a secondary that allowed 100-yard receiving games to DeAndre Hopkins and rookie Will Fuller.
Then there was the flag for taunting late in the second quarter, for wagging his finger at Will Fuller after breaking up a pass. That moved the Texans within chip-shot field goal range, and Nick Novak later hit his second of four field goals to make it 13-3.
After the game, Peters initially declined to speak to the media. But when a newspaper reporter asked a Chiefs PR staffer to confirm that Peters would not be doing interviews, Peters confronted the reporter, and took a few questions in front of some assembled media.
On the competition between he and the Texans offense:
“It was great. Good football today.”
On his matchup with DeAndre Hopkins, specifically:
“It was great football today.”
On his taunting penalty:
“It’s football. It was great football. Great call by the ref. All I can do is do my job.”
A Chiefs PR staffer then cut off questioning.
Per the NFL media policy, players are subject to a fine for failing to speak to reporters following games. Players are also given only 10 minutes to cool down before locker rooms are open to the media, including TV camera crews.
Teammates were quick to come to Peters’ defense.
“(Marcus) just loves the game so much,” said safety Ron Parker. “He just leaves everything out there on the field, and us guys in the DB room, we understand that, We couldn’t ask for a better person in our DB room than Marcus. Just the way he loves the game and the way he carries himself out there, it’s great.”
For what ended up being a one-score game, Peters played a pivotal role. He picked off Osweiler in the end zone on the Texans opening possession, stopping a certain scoring drive. Later in the third quarter, he pulled in an off-target pass intended for Hopkins, and brought it back to the Chiefs 49. That set up a Cairo Santos field goal to make it 13-6.
But on a day when Hopkins and Fuller became only the eighth set of teammates in Texans franchise history to break the century mark in the same game – and the first since Andre Johnson and Garrett Graham in 2013 – there was plenty of emotion on the Chiefs sideline.
“Sometimes you’ve gotta calm him down, but sometimes you’ve got to let him be himself,” Parker said. “That’s all he knows. As an individual, that’s all you can ask for. You want guys to be themselves. Sometimes Marcus gets out of hand a little bit, but he does a good job of just coming together and getting back with his unit.”
The taunting penalty was particularly frustrating, Parker said.
“It’s frustrating for the whole team,” he said. “We’re out there, working hard, trying to get off the field on third down, and we feel like an unnecessary penalty gets called against us. It kind of hurt us in the back end. We’ve just got to do a better job of eliminating penalties.”
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