Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, a 38-yard catch-and-run from near midfield to the 10-yard line with 3:37 to play on what became a go-ahead scoring drive. Three plays later, Damien Williams put the Chiefs ahead of the San Francisco 49ers 24-20, and Kansas City went on to prevail, 31-20.
Watkins credited Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams with an assist, starting with, "Man, shout out to Davante Adams," during the postgame broadcast in an interview with Deion Sanders on the NFL Network.
Quoted in a story by Daniel Brown of The Athletic, Watkins elaborated that he mimicked the move he saw Adams make on 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman, a play that led to a 65-yard gain and set up a Packers touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game.
“I just knew it was 1-on-1 from watching film. I just thank Davante Adams because I saw him kill (Sherman) on the inside release,’’ Watkins said in the story.
Adams noticed the praise and tweeted, "Game recognize game!!" in response.
The Adams play two weeks ago sparked a war of words on Twitter between Sherman and recently retired standout cornerback Darrelle Revis, who criticized Sherman's unwillingness to move around on the field and said he had "fear of getting beat in man to man coverage. Every snap every play."
Sherman was eager to fire back.
According to NextGenStats, Sherman had not allowed a deep completion during the regular season before allowing the plays to Adams and Watkins in back-to-back games.