Patriots fans have this date circled on their calendar every year. The year was 2015 and all hell was breaking loose in New England. They just demolished the Colts in the AFC Championship game. Instead of being in the headlines for their Super Bowl berth, they were in the headlines for a different reason. That reason was deflategate.
The drama surrounding deflategate didn’t bother the Patriots as they prepared to play the best defense in the league on the Seattle Seahawks. This was an instant classic game of great offenses, great defenses, and all-pro head coaching.
After the Seahawks went up 24-14 into the fourth quarter, Tommy Terrific needed to pull a miracle out of his ass to secure his fourth championship. He led two huge touchdown drives to go up 28-24 with just over two minutes to go in the game. That gave young Seahawks QB Russell Wilson a chance to go down the field and make history.
Wilson started to drive down the field with ease. After a circus catch by Jermaine Kearse, the Seahawks were in goal line mode with under a minute to go in the game down by four. The smart thing to do would be to give the ball to the best running back in the league, right? RIGHT? They did do that on the first play. On the next play? You all know the story.
🗣 "The pass is… Intercepted at the goal line by Malcolm Butler!"
6 years ago today, Malcolm Butler made one of the greatest INTs in NFL history to secure the win + cover for the Patriots (+1) in Super Bowl XLIX ✅pic.twitter.com/6KplNX9Fn1
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) February 1, 2021
With what might be the worse play call in Super Bowl history, Malcolm Butler picks off Russell Wilson at the goal line to save the game. Butler went undrafted out of West Alabama on route to becoming a Super Bowl legend. February 1st always has a star next to it in New England thanks to the Butler.