Note for future reference: When you make the play of the game, don’t follow it with the dumbest penalty of the game. That’s what Chiefs corner Marcus Peters did late in Kansas City’s 20-17 win over Carolina on Sunday.

Peters made an incredible play when he stripped the ball from Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and gave the Chiefs a chance at a game-winning field goal in the last few seconds … then he pulled a bonehead move and punted the ball into the stands in celebration, an obvious delay-of-game penalty.

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos eventually bailed out Peters with his 37-yard game-winner as time expired, which capped a 20-point comeback for a team that needed a win to keep pace in the AFC West race.

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This — the strip, not the penalty — is why Peters won NFL defensive rookie of the year last season, and it’s why he’s on his way to a potential All-Pro selection in 2016. He already has five interceptions on the season after recording eight picks in 2015.

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ocus after the game verified Peters’ status as the best player on the field for Kansas City on Sunday.

Thanks to Peters’ big play, the Chiefs remain atop the AFC West at 7-2.