New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks: 5 Plays That Changed The Super Bowl

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews (13) celebrates after a catch during the second quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the five biggest plays of Super Bowl 49, in my opinion:

5. Chris Matthews 44 Yards 

Seattle’s offense got off to a really rough start, failing to pick up a first down until there was 5:36 left in the first half. Receivers couldn’t separate, the run game was stagnant, and Russell Wilson couldn’t get anything going with his scrambling.

So who saved the day for the Seahawks? Someone by the name of Chris Matthews, who came up with a huge 44-yard reception with 4:19 left in the half to jumpstart Seattle. It was really solid coverage by Kyle Arrington, but Matthews’ size allowed him to just go up and make a play. This led to the ‘Hawks first touchdown of the game, and for the rest of the first half, the Seahawks were able to move the ball fairly easily.

Chris Matthews? Seriously? Just New England’s luck for a random dude who worked at ‘Foot Locker’ to go off in the Super Bowl.