Early Offseason Showcasing Many Nontraditional Pipelines to the NFL

February 11, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson launched a ball deep to the right side late in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIX.
As it sailed and his intended target wasn’t yet in view on television screens around living rooms and bars, the assumption was either Jermaine Kearse or Doug Baldwin would be on the other end. They are Seattle’s top two wide receivers, after all, so those dots connected easily.
Instead there was a 6’5” fast-moving tree bounding downfield. The mystery receiver showed impressive athletic awareness while adjusting his route to an underthrown ball then contorting his body before corralling the throw while falling backward.
That's when Chris Matthews crashed to the ground. It wasn’t just his first catch of the game or the playoffs. The 44-yard reception was the first of his NFL career.
Had the Seahawks managed to gain that measly, now-haunting yard to win their second straight Super Bowl, Matthews—who ...

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