Tom Brady on Malcolm Butler: He's been doing it to me in practice all season. Nice to see him do it to someone else.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 2, 2015
Tom Brady on Malcolm Butler: "For a rookie to make a play like that in the Super Bowl, it's unbelievable."— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 2, 2015
Butler intercepted a pass from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the end zone with 20 seconds left to play. "I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play," Butler said after the game.
The Seahawks' decision to throw a pass instead of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch was highly criticized. "I'm a little bit surprised," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. "It was an unfortunate play."
Butler's play gave the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl victory in 14 years and their first since the 2004 season, denying the Seahawks a chance to repeat as champions.
- Dan Gartland