Near the end of the third quarter of Super Bowl LIV, it appeared as though the San Francisco 49ers were destined to hoist their sixth Lombardi Trophy. But then, the Kansas City Chiefs offense awakened, and the Niners defense was caught sleeping behind the wheel. Perhaps the defensive player to get the most flak in wake of the collapse was cornerback Richard Sherman, who surrendered a 38-yard reception to Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the fourth quarter that set up the go-ahead touchdown.
During an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Sherman said that he's not bothered by allowing the pivotal catch that helped the Chiefs clinch their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.
Sherman isn't losing too much sleep over this. Despite surrendering the big play, Sherman points to the fact he allowed 60 yards. However, according to Pro Football Focus, he was targeted five times in the game and allowed five receptions for 72 yards.
What's unfortunate is that Sherman was a stud throughout the season for the 49ers. In 15 regular season games, the corner allowed 43 receptions on 69 targets for 387 yards and one touchdown, while tallying three interceptions.
Super Bowl LIV is in the rearview mirror for Sherman, which is the exact kind of mentality he needs to have if he and the 49ers are focused on reaching and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in 2021.