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Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins has been justifying his payday in the playoffs

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has received some heat for his play since signing a three-year, $48 million deal in 2018, but he seems to be putting all those critics to rest with his play during the playoffs.

In the AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans, Watkins hauled in seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. His most impressive play was a 60-yard catch that resulted in Watkins putting six points on the board.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has heard the criticism, but knows this is the type of performance that they paid Watkins the big bucks for.

“You don’t make [major] moves to make the playoffs,” Veach said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “We’ve been a playoff team for years, since we got here. We were in the playoffs [almost] every year. You make moves like that to put you over the top. Without Sammy’s performance today, who knows how this game would have turned out?”

“I was happy for Sammy. He’s around a lot of talent, so sometimes he can’t show what he can do.”

Some might argue that one game doesn’t make up for the big payday, but Veach is right, without Watkins’ big game who knows if the Chiefs get by the Titans. $48 million is still a lot to pay for a player who hasn’t had a lot of production during the regular season, but how much is too much to pay for a Super Bowl.

If the Chiefs win it all in Miami, there will be no complaints from anyone inside in the organization about paying Watkins.