It was a happy homecoming for two members of the Chiefs’ secondary.
Tyvon Branch, who played his first seven NFL seasons with the Raiders, had the game-clinching pick-six, and Oakland native Marcus Peters had an interception that he returned 58 yards to set up the go-ahead score.
“I had a lot of good years out here,” Branch said. “Raider Nation showed me a lot of love.”
Peters was jacked up even before the game and was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after the Raiders’ go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. But the interception, his fifth of his rookie season, made for a great return home for the McClymonds High graduate.
“It was hard to stay focused,” Peters said. “My nerves were jumping early in the game. My emotions were just everywhere. Coach and the other leaders on the team brought me back. I made some silly mistakes, but they reeled me in.”
Peters had such a huge contingent of fans, he could’ve even estimate a number.
“I brought the whole town,” he said. “The whole city of Oakland came out. I appreciate the love and support I get from here.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects Peters will learn from this initial experience of playing at the Coliseum.
“He was amped up,” Reid said of Peters. “He loves to play anyways, now coming home. He’ll learn from it. He’s a young guy. He can’t get too emotional. … He can learn from all these experiences along the way. He loves to play the game. He’s a smart kid, he will figure it out and that’s what we do, we keep teaching him.”