Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler wins the game on interception

Instead of running the football with Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks took a risk and attempted a throw at the New England Patriots' goal line.

It cost them dearly.

Patriots undrafted rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted the slant pass thrown by Russell Wilson that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Butler made a great play on the football and Lockette didn't.

Butler is from Division II West Alabama after previous stints at Alcorn State and Hinds Community College (Miss.). He played this season under a $420,000 minimum base salary and got no signing bonus.

"Goal line, preparation, the formation they were in with the two-receiver stack, I just knew they were throwing a pick route," Butler said. "It was on the line, we needed it, and I just beat him to the route and made the play."

"Unbelievable play," quarterback Tom Brady said. "I saw the interception and couldn't believe it."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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