So it makes perfect sense that this would be the week they would turn everything around.
Kareem Hunt churned for 116 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of earlier in the season, the defense fared just fine without Peters, and the Chiefs beat Derek Carr and visiting Oakland in a crucial A.F.C. West showdown.
“To play the way we know we can play early, then to get challenged and get a rough patch and find our way out of it, I think guys have that confidence now,” said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 268 yards. “All three phases were playing off each other, all three playing good team football.”
The Chiefs (7-6) entered the game tied atop the division standings with the Raiders (6-7) and the Chargers, who played Washington later Sunday and are scheduled to visit Kansas City on Saturday night.
Bills 13, Colts 7 Overtime
LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1 minute 33 seconds left in overtime, securing Buffalo’s victory at home over Indianapolis in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.
On a slick, snow-covered field, McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career.
The Bills’ sideline erupted after McCoy’s touchdown, with players running onto the field to make snow angels or engage in celebratory snowball fights.
Buffalo (7-6) stayed alive in the A.F.C. playoff picture, while the Colts (3-10) were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
The game began in near white-out conditions with a lake-effect storm blowing in off Lake Erie. The snow was falling so hard a half-hour before kickoff that it was nearly impossible to see New Era Field’s west-end scoreboard from the east-end stands.
McCoy’s touchdown came on Buffalo’s second possession of overtime. Facing third-and-2, McCoy found a crease up the middle and had enough footing to cut to his left and scamper into the end zone untouched.
Lions 24, Buccaneers 21
Matthew Stafford passed for 381 yards with an injured throwing hand and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds, helping Detroit remain in playoff contention with a victory at Tampa Bay.
Stafford made his 109th consecutive start even after having been limited in practice after his right hand was stepped on during the previous week at Baltimore. He completed 36 of 44 attempts against the Bucs (4-9), and the Lions (7-6) overcame two interceptions and a fumble to stop a two-game losing streak.
Bears 33, Bengals 7
The rookie Mitchell Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing yet, and Chicago ended a five-game losing streak with a rout at lackluster Cincinnati, its most lopsided victory in five years.
Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (4-9) dominated a matchup of the N.F.L.’s worst offenses. Trubisky took full advantage of an injury-depleted defense, completing a career-high 25 passes out of 32 attempts for 271 yards. He also ran 4 yards for a score.
Packers 27, Browns 21 Overtime
Green Bay saved its season just in time for Aaron Rodgers’s return.
Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime as the visiting Packers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for a victory over winless and luckless Cleveland.
Hundley pulled out his third win, and his second straight in overtime, since replacing Rodgers, and the Packers’ starting quarterback will return. Their season had appeared to be doomed when Rodgers broke his collarbone in October.
“My No. 1 thought going into it was to keep our hopes alive to make the playoffs,” said Hundley, who had three touchdown passes. “At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. Whenever I’m called upon, I’ll be ready. In the meantime, we’re still in this.”
Jaguars 30, Seahawks 24
Blake Bortles threw two perfect passes for touchdowns, Jaydon Mickens set up another score with a 72-yard punt return, and Jacksonville beat Seattle.
The Jaguars (9-4) intercepted three passes by Russell Wilson, including two on deep balls, and won for the sixth time in their last seven games. This victory, coupled with Tennessee’s loss at Arizona, moved Jacksonville to the top of the A.F.C. South.
This is the first time since 2010 that the Jaguars have had the outright division lead so late in a season.
The loss did not sit well with the Seahawks (8-5), two of whose players were ejected in the final minute. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch during a melee that included defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette.
More pushing and shoving occurred after the next play, and defensive end Quinton Jefferson was tossed. Jefferson tried to climb into the stands after being hit with what looked like a plastic bottle. Seattle Coach Pete Carroll was flagged for going onto the field. Carroll walked into Seattle’s huddle, possibly to calm his players down.
49ers 26, Texans 16
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown to help San Francisco to its second straight victory, at Houston.
Garoppolo again showed that he could be the answer for the 49ers (3-10) at quarterback, completing 20 of 33 passes in his second start for the team. Acquired before the trade deadline from New England, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his debut with the team last week to help the 49ers to a 15-14 win at Chicago.
Cardinals 12, Titans 7
Phil Dawson kicked four second-half field goals, and Arizona shut down Tennessee’s offense nearly all day in a victory over the visiting Titans, who had entered the game leading the A.F.C. South.
Dawson connected from 47, 23, 32 and 35 yards and missed from 40 for the Cardinals (6-7), whose victory came two weeks after they beat Jacksonville on the same field.
The Cardinals intercepted Marcus Mariota twice in the second half after the Titans (8-5) nursed a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Chargers 30, Redskins 13
Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and Los Angeles continued its ferocious playoff push with a fourth straight victory, over visiting Washington.
Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass, and Hunter Henry had another scoring grab for the Chargers (7-6), who have won seven of nine after an 0-4 start to their relocation season.
While outscoring their opponents, 131-53, during their winning streak, the Chargers also moved above .500 for the first time since September 2015 with a dominant offensive performance against Washington.
The Chargers stayed atop the A.F.C. West alongside the Chiefs (7-6), their opponents Saturday in Kansas City.