Matthews came away with just three catches for 27 yards on eight targets in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots.
Matthews faded badly down the stretch, totaling just seven catches for 97 yards in his final four appearances after averaging more than four receptions and 60 yards per contest in his first 12 games played. With tight end Delanie Walker still playing a major role in this passing game and rookie first rounder Corey Davis establishing himself as quarterback Marcus Mariota's go-to wide receiver late in the year, it wouldn't be surprising to see Matthews' recent decline carry over into next season.
Matthews was held to a 15-yard catch on two targets in Saturday's 22-21 win over Kansas City in the wild-card round.
After catching at least three balls in each of his first 12 appearances this season, Matthews has totaled just four receptions over the past three games. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes in this one, but they went to himself and Eric Decker. While Matthews has been quiet of late, his 13 touchdowns since the start of last season suggest he's still capable of being a difference-maker as the playoffs unfold.
Matthews was held to just a seven-yard catch on two targets in Sunday's 15-10 win over Jacksonville.
This victory in the regular season finale earned Tennessee the fifth seed in the AFC. Matthews did little to help his team secure that playoff berth down the stretch, totaling a combined three catches over the final two games after registering at least that many in each of his first 12 appearances this season. He'll need to reverse that trend in next week's Wild Card tilt against the underwhelming Kansas City secondary if the Titans want to pull off a road victory. Matthews finishes the regular season with 53 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games.
Matthews was held to two catches for 48 yards on four targets in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams.
Matthews was overshadowed by fellow wide receivers Corey Davis and Eric Decker, who combined for 164 yards on 12 catches, though nobody in Tennessee's passing game was able to get into the end zone. He'll do his best to bounce back with a playoff berth potentially on the line against Jacksonville in next week's season finale, but the stingy Jaguars held Matthews to just three catches for 43 yards back in Week 2.
Matthews caught six of eight targets for 95 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers.
Matthews led the team in catches and yardage on the day, giving his team its first lead with an eight-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He averaged a healthy 15.8 yards per catch as he posted his second-best receiving output of the season. Matthews enjoyed a career year in 2016, and while he's failed to measure up to that production on the present campaign, he still has the opportunity to differentiate himself from a lackluster group of pass catchers with his team in contention. He'll look to build on this effort next week against the Rams.
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