Chris Matthews admits he was a Super Bowl decoy

AP

Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews understands if you weren’t expecting him to become a playmaker in the Super Bowl.

He wasn’t really expecting it, either.

Matthews admitted that his first catch, a 44-yard bomb in the biggest game of the year, wasn’t even drawn up for him.

It surprised me because the route I ran was a decoy route for the other guys underneath,’’ Matthews said via ESPN 710 in Seattle. “I look up, and go, ‘The ball’s really coming at me.’ I was like, ‘OK, let me just put my hands up for it.’ ”

He caught that one, and then another 45-yarder in the third quarter along with a touchdown just before halftime. That moment, he said, was when he realize coach Pete Carroll trusted him.

“I thank Pete every time I look at it,” Matthews said of the touchdown. “He threw me in there. We called a timeout and Pete said, ‘I want Chris in the game on this side.’ I looked at him like, “I really appreciate this. I’m glad you understand now.’ ’’

Of course, the Seahawks didn’t want him when they made roster cuts last preseason, as he hung around on the practice squad until a late-season call-up.

“Last year was a lot of ups and downs for me,’’ he said. “I was just trying to figure out what was best for me. How can I fit in? The biggest thing was when I understood practice means a lot here. You practice hard, you play hard, is what a lot of people say here. I picked that up and embraced it. . . .

“Everybody has their own story. Some get to tell it earlier than others. I think at one point in time, we can all be great.”

For a night at least, he was. And now he hopes he can follow up on it.

31 responses to “Chris Matthews admits he was a Super Bowl decoy

  1. That so-called decoy played…….light out. Can’t wait to see him go nuts this season!

  2. It’s a good thing he was in there!!! Who else was going to catch the last ditch effort pop flies that Russ Wilson was heaving up. Take those bailout pop flies away and the pats win by twenty.

    Free Tom Brady!!!

  3. 2 nobodies who made big plays in the Super Bowl

    Chris Matthews
    &
    Malcolm Butler

    Yet only one of those guys is considered by their fan base to be a future hall of famer.

  4. Kudos to Matthews – he played a great game. We couldn’t cover him at all until Browner stepped in.

    I still recall Michael Irvin’s comments after the game. “you need one of these big guys that you can just put the ball in the area code and he will pull it in.”

    Something tells me this guy is on the roster next year.

  5. Kearse, Baldwin, Matthews, lockett, Norwood, Richardson, Williams.

    That’s probably the best we’ve ever had it

  6. 2 nobodies who made big plays in the Super Bowl

    Chris Matthews
    &
    Malcolm Butler

    Yet only one of those guys is considered by their fan base to be a future hall of famer.

    —————————-

    Butler made the catch after cheating via headphones.

    Everyone knows this.

    Matthews will be in the hall of fame after the Seahawks repeat in the next two years.

  7. WTF? Don’t these guys realize that “you’ve got to want it so bad that you will run through a wall for it” in order to earn the trust of the QB and the coaching staff?

    All of last year, I wondered why the Hawks weren’t using the big man Matthews more, especially after they dumped Percy Harvin and needed all WRs to step up. It turns out that Matthews didn’t “see himself” as a first-stringer.

    Let’s hope he “gets it” now; the competition at WR – with Lockett, Daniels. Lockette, Richardson, Kearse and Baldwin – has ramped up for Matthews.

  8. Of course, the Seahawks didn’t want him when they made roster cuts last preseason, as he hung around on the practice squad until a late-season call-up.

    You must have gone to snark school. Lots of teams have practice squad players step up after learning on the job. Maybe one day you’ll get a promotion too.

  9. vancouversportsbro says:
    Jun 22, 2015 4:06 PM

    2 nobodies who made big plays in the Super Bowl

    Chris Matthews
    &
    Malcolm Butler

    Yet only one of those guys is considered by their fan base to be a future hall of famer.

    —————————-

    Butler made the catch after cheating via headphones.

    Everyone knows this.

    Matthews will be in the hall of fame after the Seahawks repeat in the next two years.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Still not over the Bruins beating your team for the Stanley Cup?

    This bit about cheating via headphones is an outright lie. Cite 1 credible source.

  10. seatownballers says:
    Jun 22, 2015 4:03 PM
    Kearse, Baldwin, Matthews, lockett, Norwood, Richardson, Williams.

    That’s probably the best we’ve ever had it

    ———-

    Ummmm, not a guy who usually calls out Seahawks fans considering I am one. You might want to rethink that last statement. First of all even if they did keep 7 WR’s williams won’t be one of them. Just because he’s a local guy that was great in high school doesnt mean anything. He was slow and not a playmaker at UW. Second, how do you say that’s the best WR core they’ve ever had. 5 1st or second year players that haven’t shown anything to say they’ll be even mediocre. They could all be HOFers but no one knows. Kearse and Baldwin are fine but wouldn’t crack the starting lineup on a good WR core. Best ever? Steve Largent alone makes his years the best we’ve ever had. Sorry to go off but that was a homer comment and I love john and pete but they should just hire one guy to take care of picking wrs cuz they can’t do it.

  11. Funny how Matthews had such a big impact on the game. The Patriots DB that was guarding Matthews got benched. The taller Patriots DB moves over from Kearse to guard Matthews and Partiots bring in Butler. If it wasn’t for Matthews, Butler would probably be still on the bench .

  12. Guess Russell Wilson was just a decoy at QB because Malcolm Butler made that boy look foolish. Pats 4 times champs. Seahawks one time PED champs

  13. atomdomb says:

    It’s a good thing he was in there!!! Who else was going to catch the last ditch effort pop flies that Russ Wilson was heaving up. Take those bailout pop flies away and the pats win by twenty.

    Free Tom Brady!!!
    ———————————————————-
    If Avril doesn’t get hurt, the Seahawks win by 17. If Lane doesn’t get hurt, it’s the Seahawks who win by 20.

    Just for Brady! (1-year suspension, $5 million fine, he has to publically admit he cheated.)

  14. He was a very good decoy. I mean honestly, without him the Patriots win that super bowl in a laugher.

    The Seahawks offense was completely exposed and unable to move the ball, the defense was too big and too focused on the big hits to handle the Patriots smaller quicker receivers.

    The Seahawks should be proud they played above their heads and hung in with a shot to beat the champs.

    Alas, Brady’s the best for a reason and now Seahawks fans know first hand, there’s a big difference between Manning and Brady.

    One is a master technician who can be punched in the mouth and beaten up. The other is a warrior and will cut your heart out the first chance he gets.

  15. What a great super bowl.

    The entire world got to see a living God hold court enroute to his 4th super bowl and more to come.

    Oh yeah chris Williams cought a couple of balls.

    #youmadbro
    #whathappened
    #heundercuttheroute

  16. seahawkboymike says: Jun 22, 2015 5:29 PM

    atomdomb says:

    It’s a good thing he was in there!!! Who else was going to catch the last ditch effort pop flies that Russ Wilson was heaving up. Take those bailout pop flies away and the pats win by twenty.

    Free Tom Brady!!!
    ———————————————————-
    If Avril doesn’t get hurt, the Seahawks win by 17. If Lane doesn’t get hurt, it’s the Seahawks who win by 20.

    Just for Brady! (1-year suspension, $5 million fine, he has to publically admit he cheated.)

    —————-

    That’s hilarious. Never heard more excuses from a super bowl loser then the seahawks. All their fake fans. But theyve watched the team since 2006….! Such Diehards.

    And dont even try to joke on Pats fans who have had a sellout streak since ’94 when Kraft bought the team.

  17. I heard plenty of excuses when the Pats lost to the Giants…twice. And there were just as many when nutjob lost to his brother.

  18. seahawkboymike says: Jun 22, 2015 5:29 PM

    atomdomb says:

    It’s a good thing he was in there!!! Who else was going to catch the last ditch effort pop flies that Russ Wilson was heaving up. Take those bailout pop flies away and the pats win by twenty.

    Free Tom Brady!!!
    ———————————————————-
    If Avril doesn’t get hurt, the Seahawks win by 17. If Lane doesn’t get hurt, it’s the Seahawks who win by 20.

    Just for Brady! (1-year suspension, $5 million fine, he has to publically admit he cheated.)

    —————————————————
    If they handed it to Marshawn…lollll

  19. floratiotime says: Jun 22, 2015 6:49 PM

    Seahawks had an amazing amount of luck last year.
    __________________________________

    Agreed if Carson and Nick Foles are 100% healthy last year Seahawks are 10-6 wondering what happened. Last year was a fluke. And I’m not hating either. Cards and Eagles were on a tear through the NFL before injuries. Mark and who ever started in Arizona stunk. Can’t wait to see how Foles runs St. Louis with Gurley and Mason and that front four in St. Louis looks nasty. Week 2 is mark on my calendar Seahawk fans. Go Pack Go!

  20. The talent they have at WR now…not even including Baldwin and Kearse is impressive. Even more so when you take into consideration that teams will be doubling Graham.

    This is going to be an interesting year.

    1) If you focus on stopping Graham, Lynch and Wilson’s read option will tear you apart.

    2) If you stack the line to stop Lynch and keep Wilson from running, then you have talented WRs and a great TE getting single coverage.

  21. His two jump ball catches and that miracle catch by Kearse combined for half of their passing offense for the entire game.

  22. This story is about a guy who came in and played big. Props to him.

    And shame on the embarrassing fans who make excuses why the Seahawks lost. Dude, you lost. You mad bro?

  23. Still Chris Matthews was making me nervous. I don’t think the patriots were paying enough attention to him

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