One moment, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler found himself on the wrong side of a nightmare.
The next, he saved the Super Bowl.
Butler’s interception of a Russell Wilson pass with 20 seconds left Sunday sealed New England’s fourth Super Bowl title _ a heart-stopping 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
The interception came two plays after Butler found himself in coverage _ good coverage _ against Seattle’s Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse somehow gathered in a 33-yard pass while on his back to give the Seahawks the ball on the New England 5.
Marshawn Lynch got it to the Patriots 1, but the Seahawks called a pass play on second down and Butler, a rookie out of West Alabama, cut off receiver Ricardo Lockette and made the interception.