Sammy Watkins credits Davante Adams for showing way to beat Richard Sherman

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Sammy Watkins‘s 38-yard reception behind San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman set up the go-ahead touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs in their 31-20 victory in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.

Watkins was able to beat Sherman to the inside off of the line of scrimmage as Patrick Mahomes lofted a pass down the right sideline for a completion down to the 49ers’ 10-yard line. Three plays later Damien Williams scored on a 5-yard run that gave the Chiefs a lead they would not relinquish.

Watkins gave credit to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams for showing him the way to beat Sherman.

I just knew it was one-on-one [coverage],” Watkins said, via Rob Demovsky of “I thank Davante Adams, man, because I [saw] him kill [Sherman] on inside release.”

Watkins was referencing Adams’ 65-yard catch behind Sherman in the NFC Championship game two weeks earlier. Adams similarly got free on an inside release against Sherman and beat him on a vertical route up field. While that game was well in hand for the 49ers, Watkins’ catch served as a major dagger to San Francisco.

Watkins saw how Adams found a way to get behind Sherman and copied it to help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 years.

21 responses to “Sammy Watkins credits Davante Adams for showing way to beat Richard Sherman

  1. Sammy – “that’s what happens when you try to cover me with a sorry corner like Sherman”

  2. Richard Sherman is still a good CB, but he also gets beat at times.
    He’s not washed up, but he’s no longer elite.
    Given his propensity to run his mouth that must be galling to him.

  3. Not sure what Watkins is saying, but according to Sherman’s mom, he’s the best and no ones better.

  4. Sherman has been awfully quiet since the Super Bowl. Maybe he’s trying to recover from those burns he got in the Super Bowl. I expect teams to target him more and more now that he’s been exposed.

  5. Sherm is still a top tier corner. What put him on the map / pushed him to the top echelon though was having ET/Kam/BWags/KJ on the same side of the ball as him. Individually they are/were all excellent at their position, but it’s pretty much the epitome of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

    Revis had the edge as far as being a man corner, and he excelled at what he was asked/expected to do. Sherm is asked to do something slightly different, and he excels at that. They’ve both been burned throughout their careers, so it’s silly to point at a particular play and declare one better than the other.

  6. Maybe Sherman should have done the conditioning that is the Patriot Way, so that he’s not constantly gassed in the 4th quarter and getting burned.

    Can’t believe the idiot say he didn’t want to go to the Lions, because they run the same conditioning practice the Patriots do after practice. Sorry, those coaches want their players able to play 100% for a full 60 minutes.

  7. Watkins saw how Adams found a way to get behind Sherman and copied it to help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 years.

    The most sincerest form of flattery.

  8. Remember, a few plays before, it was Sherman’s open-field tackle on Hill (I think) that saved a first down. Good offense beats good defense, except when it’s the other way ’round. Bottom line, great players against great players, and sometimes one great player wins, sometimes the other.

    Sherm used to be surrounded by an overwhelming defense and the might clean-up force that was Earl Thomas. Great scheme (play fast and simple), made effective by great players (plural). Most schemes work that way. He played a good game, but all players/schemes have weak spots. Sherm plays a lot of outside leverage, but the SF free safety was no Earl Thomas.

  9. I like how people are putting the blame on Sherm no mention of the pass interference with a 3rd and 15 the other side getting burned with two huge plays the offense not scoring in the 4th quarter but hell yea it was Sherms fault cut him he needs to go back to the Seahawks.

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