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Sammy Watkins agrees to restructured contract with Chiefs

Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins said during the playoffs last season that he might consider taking a year off from football in 2020 if the Kansas City Chiefs ended up winning the Super Bowl, but the wide receiver is going to keep playing.

Watkins told Chiefs fans he is “back” in a tweet on Friday morning, and he confirmed a report from Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports that he has agreed to a restructured contract with the team. The 26-year-old was set to make a base salary of about $14 million next season, but that number has been lowered to $9 million with $7 million in additional incentives. Watkins also got a no-trade clause from Kansas City, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The move frees up salary cap space for the Chiefs and gives Watkins the opportunity to earn more money if he hits the incentives. Watkins’ cap hit was originally scheduled to be a whopping $21 million, so you can understand why the restructure was a priority for Kansas City.

Watkins had 52 catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also played a big role in the postseason with 14 catches for 288 and a touchdown, but he did not produce like an elite receiver who deserves to occupy that much of the salary cap. The new deal should work out for both sides.

5 must-watch games on NFL Game Pass

Marshawn Lynch

The coronavirus pandemic has brought most of the world to a halt, and that includes the world of sports. Every major American sport has been paused, delayed or canceled for the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill.

In an effort to offset the lack of sports, the NFL has decided to offer up Game Pass for free for several months, giving fans the opportunity to watch any game their heart desires from the 2009 season on.

Here are five games (and one bonus game) that are absolutely worth your time.

5. Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints (January 8, 2011)

Of course this game was destined to make the list — how could it not? It was a miracle that the 7-9 Seahawks, who were in their first year under head coach Pete Carroll, made the playoffs at all. Then they topped it off by upsetting the heavily favored Saints in front of more than 66,000. The two teams battled back-and-forth for four quarters, and the game was neck-and-neck until under 4:00 remaining when Seattle put what amounted to a game-clinching touchdown on the board. The win sparked a revolution in Seattle and propelled the Seahawks into power for the next half-decade. Am I forgetting something? Oh, that’s right … that game-sealing touchdown came courtesy of Marshawn Lynch, who broke countless tackles on the way to the end zone, leaving the crowd in such chaos that is actually registered on sensitive earthquake-detection equipment. The run was aptly named the “Beast Quake.”

4. New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints (November 1, 2015)

Louisiana native Eli Manning returned home to take on Drew Brees and the Saints early in the 2015 season, and no one could have foreseen what was coming. Manning and Brees put on a show for the ages, combining for over 850 yards and 13 touchdowns as their teams put up 100-plus points. It was an aerial display — the likes of which the NFL has rarely seen — with big plays coming with remarkable frequency. The two teams battled back-and-forth from the jump, and that persisted until the final seconds. With the game tied 49-49, the Saints sent in kicker Kai Forbath for his first and only field goal of the game, which he drilled down the center from 50 yards out as time expired, giving New Orleans a thrilling victory. If you’re into high-powered and nearly unstoppable offense, this is the game for you.

3. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams (November 19, 2018)

One of the most hyped games in recent memory, the high-powered Chiefs took on the equally high-powered Rams on Monday Night Football, which drew an average viewership of 16.7 million — one of ESPN’s most-viewed NFL games since 2016. And the contest certainly delivered, as both Kansas City and Los Angles got their licks in throughout the contest. In the end, the Rams and Chiefs became the first teams to score 50 points each in a game, while the game itself closed as the third-highest scoring contest in league history. Their 14 combined touchdowns were also the second-most ever. In the end, the Rams walked away victorious as Jared Goff hit Gerald Everett for a score with under 1:50 remaining. Of course, the Chiefs would eventually get the last laugh as they proved themselves more sustainable, winning the Super Bowl a year later.

2. Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals (January 16, 2016)

A few weeks removed from the Cardinals absolutely dismantling the Packers — Aaron Rodgers’ worst loss ever — the two teams were back at it in the divisional round of the playoffs, and they delivered an instant classic. The game itself wasn’t exactly the sharpest football you’ll see, but that doesn’t make the game any less thrilling. Facing elimination late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers, who is known as a Hail Mary master, connected on two — the first coming on a fourth down, and the second coming as time expired. That pushed the game into overtime, but veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald refused to be outdone, taking the first pass of overtime 75 yards down the field. Two plays later, Fitz took the shovel pass to the house, sending Arizona to the NFC Championship Game. It was arguably one of Fitzgerald’s grittiest and gutsiest performances, which overshadowed Rodgers’ late-game magic.

1. Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints (January 14, 2018)

You want wild and unexpected? It doesn’t get much more wild and unexpected than this. After falling behind the Vikings 17-0 in the divisional round of the playoffs, Drew Brees and the Saints slowly chipped away, clawing their way back into the game before eventually taking a 21-20 lead with just over 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter. But that’s when things began to get a little crazy. Kai Forbath, playing against his former team, regained the lead for Minnesota after connecting on an impressive 53-yard field goal with just 1:29 remaining. But Brees & Co. struck back quickly, converting on a 4th-and-10 before connecting on a field goal of their own, giving them a 24-23 with just 25 seconds remaining. It would take a miracle for Minnesota to win, and the Minnesapolis Miracle is exactly what they got. With 10 seconds remaining from their own 39-yard line, quarterback Kirk Cousins aired it down the field for wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who went up for it and braced for impact. But that impact never came as the New Orleans defender whiffed, leaving Diggs nothing but room to run in for thew game-winning score, sending the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game as their hometown fans erupted and nearly brought down the stadium.

Bonus: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (December 19, 2010)

I’m admittedly a fan of the Giants and cover them for a living, so there is some level of bias that goes into these lists, no matter how hard I try to remain neutral. However, when compiling the top 5 here, I couldn’t bring myself to list this game. I also couldn’t bring myself to leave it off the list entirely. Therefore, as a bonus suggestion, I present to you the Miracle in the Meadowlands II. All punter Matt Dodge had to do was boot a ball out of bounds and all would have been well. Instead, he sent it right to DeSean Jackson, who subsequently took it to the house with :00 on the clock, giving the Eagles a victory and essentially ending any remaining playoff hopes the Giants had. It was an amazing game for anyone who isn’t a Big Blue fan.

Patrick Mahomes open to taking hometown discount with Chiefs?

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is eligible for a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and the assumption is that he will become the highest-paid player in NFL history. While that will likely happen, it does not sound like he wants to put the Chiefs in salary cap prison.

Matt Verderame of Fansided spoke with Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, about the Super Bowl MVP’s contract situation. Steinberg mentioned that he wants to get Mahomes the contract he deserves while allowing the Chiefs to field a competitive roster around the quarterback. As Steinberg put it, “Quarterback greatness is judged by Super Bowls.”

Mahomes is going to make a lot of money. His contract extension will almost certainly set a new record, but his stock is also as high as possible. He could probably name his price and the Chiefs would pay it. That doesn’t mean he has to, however.

We have heard some eye-popping numbers thrown around with reports about Mahomes’ next contract, but his agent’s comments have to be considered a positive sign for the Chiefs. While Mahomes may not be looking to follow the Tom Brady approach by taking significantly less than market value, that doesn’t mean he’s looking to make life more difficult for the Chiefs than it has to be.

Video: Police chase broke out just before Chiefs Super Bowl parade

Things are expected to get plenty rowdy in the streets of Kansas City on Wednesday as the Chiefs celebrate their first championship in 50 years, but it will be tough to top the action that took place before the victory parade even began.

A police chase broke out just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning when a car busted through one of the parade barriers and tried to get away. Kansas City Police were eventually able to perform a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to stop the vehicle, and thankfully nobody was injured.

Kansas City Police issued a statement saying two suspects have been taken into custody and the driver is being investigated for impairment.

We knew there would be plenty of action at the parade if Travis Kelce’s antics up to this point are any indication, but a police chase on a street lined with thousands of people is the stuff nightmares are made of. Kudos to the Kansas City Police for proving they were prepared and handling the situation as well as possible.

Eric Bieniemy says Chiefs got trick play from 1948 Rose Bowl

Eric Bieniemy

The Kansas City Chiefs dug way deep into the history book to come up with the trick play they ran with success in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Down 3-0 late in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs made a bold decision to go for it on 4th-and-1. They broke out a trick play where the four players in the backfield spun around in a synchronized move to throw off the defense. The snap then went straight to Damien Williams rather than Patrick Mahomes, and Williams rushed for a first down and just missed a touchdown. Kansas City later scored to take a 7-3 lead.

Where did the Chiefs come up with such a play?

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said after the game that they were inspired by Michigan in the Rose Bowl in the 1940s.

Bieniemy thought it was the 1949 Rose Bowl, but it was actually the 1948 Rose Bowl that Michigan won 49-0 over USC. Michigan did not appear to do that exact spin, but they utilized tons of motion, shifting, fakes, and single-wing type of formations.

The trick plays worked in 1948, and they’re still working in 2020.

5 biggest reasons the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54

The Kansas City Chiefs cemented their status as comeback kids by rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The game was marked by Patrick Mahomes’ fourth quarter dramatics and a very impressive performance by the Chiefs’ defense.

Here are the five biggest reasons the Chiefs were able to take the title.

1. Comeback experience

It would be very easy for a team to tighten up and fall short down 10 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the Super Bowl. It was advantageous for the Chiefs, however, to have been in this situation in both their previous playoff games. Having fallen behind 24-0 to Houston, and 17-7 to Tennessee, the Chiefs didn’t panic and knew that their quick-strike offense could get them back in front on short notice. They may not have had to come from behind in the fourth quarter yet, but those games prepared them for Sunday.

2. Patrick Mahomes arrives at the right time

At the end of the game, Mahomes made the throws that his 49ers counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo did not. The Chiefs quarterback struggled for much of the game, missing receivers and being pressured by San Francisco’s front four. That changed in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs went to a more up-tempo offense. He made several key throws, and his pass to Sammy Watkins to set up Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown was clutch. He also made a few key runs to get first downs his team needed. This was far from Mahomes’ best performance, but he showed he has what it takes to step up when his team needed it most.

3. Defense stepped up

The Chiefs defense has often been criticized over the last two years, and there have been serious doubts whether that unit was good enough to help win a Super Bowl. On Sunday, they proved that they were. On the 49ers’ second-to-last drive, they stepped up, forced the 49ers into 3rd-and 4th-and-long situations, and forced Garoppolo off the field with a key Kendall Fuller pass breakup followed by a big sack. NFC Championship star Raheem Mostert was held to 58 rushing yards, while Garoppolo was intercepted twice. It was the performance the Chiefs needed.

4. They outran the 49ers

Expectations were high for Mostert coming into this game on the heels of his 220-yard, four-touchdown performance in the NFC Championship. He didn’t come close to that Sunday night, being held to 58 yards on just 12 carries. He was thoroughly outplayed by Kansas City’s Damien Williams, who racked up 104 yards, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs have had their issues with the run, but it was the 49ers who had those problems Sunday, and it played a huge role in the outcome.

5. Kyle Shanahan’s conservatism

The San Francisco 49ers head coach called a very strange game. The offense was working quite well in the second and third quarters, and the 49ers were really crushing the Chiefs with Deebo Samuel end-arounds. Shanahan was not aggressive late in the first half, potentially leaving points on the board that the team would need later. In the fourth quarter, instead of using Samuel to try to run out the clock, they went frequently to Mostert, who wasn’t getting much going. That inability to kill the game off left the door open for Kansas City’s comeback, and cost them in the end.

Video: Chiefs use cool trick play to convert 4th down against 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs pulled out all the stops early in jumping ahead of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Andy Reid pulled out a serious trick play on 4th and 1 from the San Francisco 6-yard line in the first quarter. The Chiefs opened in what appeared to be the wishbone before making a synchronized spin into what appeared to be some sort of wing-T with Patrick Mahomes moving away from the center. The ball was ultimately snapped directly to Damien Williams, who got the first down and nearly the touchdown.

Here’s a better look at the wild formation shift.

The Chiefs scored the game’s first touchdown two plays later to take a 7-3 lead.

It takes some guts to pull out a play like that in the Super Bowl, especially in the first quarter. Given how relaxed Reid was about making it to the game, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.