Instead, with time ticking down, and the Patriots defense lining up in goal line formation, they saw a different opportunity. They called a slant to the outside, a play that set up perfectly for the opposing defense. They had two one on ones- CB Brandon Browner vs. WR Jermaine Kearse, and CB Malcolm Butler vs. WR Ricardo Lockette. As soon as the ball is snapped, the play calls for Kearse to set a pick on Browner, allowing Lockette open space to run into and catch the ball, leaving Butler, and the rest of the Patriots in the dust as another super bowl went down the drain.
This is what was supposed to happen. It didn’t.
Instead, undrafted rookie out of West Alabama, Malcom Butler made a franchise defining play. The play began as it was planned, with Kearse setting the pick and Lockette appearing open. However, due to his time spent with this play on the practice field, and his countless hours of film study, Butler knew what to expect. He undercut the rout, wrapped his hands around the ball, and fell to the ground. He had just won the super bowl for the Patriots.