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February 1, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Seahawks fans asking: ‘Who is this Chris Matthews guy?’

Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews is congratulated by teammates following his touchdown during the second quarter.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews, right, is congratulated by teammates following his touchdown during the second quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The star of the first half of Sunday’s Super Bowl was Chris Matthews, who had a 44-yard catch to set up Seattle’s first touchdown and then scored the next one on an 11-yard reception with two seconds to go.

Seattle used the height of the 6-5 Matthews on each play to revive its offense after a humbling beginning.

Matthews played in the Canadian Football League the last two years before being signed by Seattle prior to this season. He was promoted to the active roster Dec. 6 but until now was known only for recovering the on-side kick two weeks ago against Green Bay. He played college football at Kentucky.

Matthews’ second TD stunned the Patriots, who appeared ready to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room after scoring on a 22-yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski with 31 seconds to play.

matthewsmugAccording to Matthews’ bio on Seahawks.com, he spent two seasons (2012-13) with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named the 2012 Most Outstanding Rookie after he put up 81 receptions for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season.

This is from MMQB.com: “One day …. his phone rings. It’s a Seahawks official, and they want Matthews to come to a tryout. Tonight. Matthews looks at watch, pauses, and says, ‘I don’t get off of work until 9 p.m. I don’t know if I’ll make it.’ He was working two jobs: at Foot Locker and as a security guard.”

Matthews, 25, is a cousin of the late NFL great Reggie White.

Twitter went crazy after the Matthews touchdown:

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