Mistakes, penalties doom Chiefs in 38-31 loss to Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Marcus Peters saw another yellow penalty flag fly, and he couldn’t take it anymore.

The Kansas City Chiefs cornerback picked one up, angrily tossed it into the stands and then walked straight across the field at MetLife Stadium and into the locker room.

One problem: Peters wasn’t ejected. He just thought he was. So, he had to race back to the Chiefs’ sideline without his socks on.

That’s the type of day it was for Peters and the Chiefs, who lost a wild one to the New York Jets, 38-31 on Sunday.

“We definitely can’t show frustration,” wide receiver Tyreek Hill said, “because if we do, it’ll definitely get the best of us.”

Just as it did with the game on the line against the Jets. A lack of discipline dropped the Chiefs (6-6) to their sixth loss in seven games.

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Jets (5-7) ahead 33-31 with 3:55 left. But Kansas City’s Bennie Logan was called for a personal foul for hitting long snapper Thomas Hennessy in the head on the play. That gave the Jets the ball at the 1 with a new set of downs.

After two running plays, Josh McCown threw incomplete – but Steven Nelson was penalized for defensive holding, making it first-and-goal from the 2. Three plays later, McCown kept the ball and shoved his way into the end zone.

McCown’s pass on the 2-point conversion was incomplete, but Nelson was called for holding. That’s when an enraged Peters lost it, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Elijah McGuire ran it in moments later to convert the 2-point play and make it 38-31.

“A little frustration there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have been called. I’ve got to look at the tape on that. But they were called and after a while, you’re down there, you’re competing and we’ve had a couple of those games where we’ve had that. It’s a bit frustrating.”

Especially knowing that your team started 5-0 and now will need to rebound in a hurry to stay in the playoff mix.

“That was a very unusual ending,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “Between the field goal, the third down and the extra point – all those flags. For them to just continue to be able to mow down the clock, it was hard to sit there and watch.”

It appeared early on that the Chiefs were going to make this a laugher, marching down the field 75 yards on five plays on their opening dive and capping it with a 22-yard touchdown catch by a wide-open Kelce just 2:38 into the game.

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