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Tyrann Mathieu has seen your criticism, but he doesn't agree.
The Chiefs safety was criticized by some for not laying into Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson during the team's playoff game Sunday. On the play, Mathieu was coming in hot on a safety blitz and had a clear line to the quarterback. But instead of hitting him, he could clearly be seen letting up.
Strange seeing blitzing DB let up. This used to be an ear-holing. Good for QB health. pic.twitter.com/a0oAIv1pFM
— Mike Sando (@SandoNFL) January 12, 2020
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The video doesn't show it, but the context of this play is very important. The score is 51-31 and the ball was snapped just ahead of the two-minute warning (2:02). Houston had no timeouts left. So even if Houston scores on that drive, all Kansas City needed was one more possession to drain the clock. In other words, the game was pretty much over.
So there wasn't any need for Mathieu to light up Watson in that situation, because it would have been completely unnecessary. And that's essentially what the safety said when he was made aware of the criticism.