Malcolm Butler relives Super Bowl XLIX interception: 'I thought they were going to run the ball, too'

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2020 - 9:22 am

As part of Super Bowl Week in America, NBC Sports is re-airing a few Super Bowls and Tuesday night was Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.

It was one of the most thrilling games in Super Bowl history, as Malcolm Butler saved the game for the Patriots with an interception at the goal line with 20 seconds left as New England beat Seattle, 28-24.

Butler actually joined the broadcast and relived the play five years later.

"I thought they were going to run the ball, too,” Butler said, via “I learned a long time ago, if the quarterback is throwing the ball, I guess he’s going to favor the receiver or look at him or see what’s going on in the area and I just felt like (Russell) Wilson was just looking a little bit too much. And I think I just caught a little whiff of what he was going to do.

“So I just stared at my receiver and said if my receiver plants on the outside, I’m just going to go and just hope the ball is there. And when he planted, I took off. I just see the ball and the ball was coming so fast I didn’t know how to catch it. … It was just a great play. A good reaction. And it was just a great play, man.”

The play put Butler on the map as he turned into the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback before ultimately signing a five-year, $61 million contract with the Titans in 2018.

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