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Butler's big pick saves the Super Bowl for New England

A nightmare averted: Butler's big pick saves the Super Bowl for New England

New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the ...
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) reacts after New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepted the ball during t...

APTOPIX Super Bowl Football

New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the ...

Super Bowl Football

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) reacts after New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepted the ball during t...

GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) -- One moment, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler found himself on the wrong side of a nightmare.

The next, he saved the Super Bowl.

Butler's interception of a Russell Wilson pass with 20 seconds left Sunday sealed New England's fourth Super Bowl title -- a heart-stopping 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

The interception came two plays after Butler found himself in coverage -- good coverage -- against Seattle's Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse somehow gathered in a 33-yard pass while on his back to give the Seahawks the ball on the New England 5.

Marshawn Lynch got it to the Patriots 1, but the Seahawks called a pass play on second down and Butler, a rookie out of West Alabama, cut off receiver Ricardo Lockette and made the interception.

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Updated : 2021-09-24 01:52 GMT+08:00