Super Bowl LIII
Super Bowl LIII was an American football game between the three-time defending American Football Conference champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference champion Los Angeles Rams to determine the champion of the National Football League for the 2018 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 13–3, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships with six; the game was played on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the first time the Super Bowl had been played at that stadium. It was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots, led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, defeated the Rams, who played in St. Louis at the time, 20–17, won their first Super Bowl; this was the third Super Bowl in Atlanta, which hosted Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, both at the Georgia Dome. The Patriots had advanced to play in their third consecutive Super Bowl, their fourth in five years, their record 11th overall, ninth under the Belichick–Brady head coach–quarterback tandem.
The Patriots were only the third team overall to play in three consecutive Super Bowls, after the 1990–93 Buffalo Bills who competed in four straight from Super Bowl XXV through Super Bowl XXVIII, the 1971–73 Miami Dolphins who appeared in Super Bowl VI through Super Bowl VIII. The Patriots became the first team since the 1993 Bills to return to the Super Bowl after losing the previous one; the Rams made their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, their first appearance in the Super Bowl since moving back to Los Angeles in 2016, their first as a franchise since Super Bowl XXXVI. The game marked the first Super Bowl appearance of a team based in Los Angeles since the Raiders' victory at the end of the 1983 season and the 13th meeting in a major sports championship between the city and Greater Boston, which includes the previous fall's World Series in which the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and 11 NBA Finals matchups between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, a historic rivalry in the NBA.
Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, eclipsing the previous record of 14–7 held by Super Bowl VII, the lowest scoring NFL Championship game since the 1949 game, when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams 14–0, the first Super Bowl with no touchdowns scored by either team in the first three quarters. The Patriots became the second winning team to score only one touchdown, tying the previous record by the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, while the Rams became only the second losing team to not score a touchdown, tying the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. Super Bowl LIII was the first since Super Bowl 50 in which neither team threw a touchdown pass; the Patriots became the first team to win the Super Bowl after losing the preceding Super Bowl since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who won Super Bowl VII after losing Super Bowl VI, only the third overall. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP; the broadcast of the game on CBS had the smallest Super Bowl audience in 10 years.
The halftime show was headlined by U. S. pop group Maroon 5, joined by rappers Big Travis Scott as guests. On May 19, 2015, the league announced the four finalists that would compete to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, LIV in 2020, LV in 2021. NFL owners voted on these cities on May 24, 2016, with the first round of voting determining the host for Super Bowl LIII, the second round deciding a different site for Super Bowl LIV and the third round deciding the site for Super Bowl LV; the four finalists for Super Bowl LIII, all in the Southeastern United States, were: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia: This would be the first Super Bowl played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after it opened in 2017. The city had hosted two Super Bowls at the Georgia Dome, with the last being Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida: South Florida had hosted 10 Super Bowls, with the last being Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans had hosted 10 Super Bowls, with the last being Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
Raymond James Stadium, Florida: Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, with the last being Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. After three votes, Atlanta was awarded Super Bowl LIII at the NFL owners' meeting on May 24, 2016; the losing candidates, except for New Orleans which removed itself from the voting for all games except Super Bowl LIII due to event conflicts in 2020 and 2021, were pitted against Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California for Super Bowl LIV and Super Bowl LV hosting rights. Miami won the rights to host Super Bowl LIV and Los Angeles won the rights to host Super Bowl LV. However, on May 23, 2017, NFL owners opted to award Super Bowl LV to Tampa and give Super Bowl LVI to Los Angeles after it was announced that Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park would open in 2020 due to construction delays. New Orleans would be awarded Super Bowl LVIII; the NFL unveiled the official logo for Super Bowl LIII in February 2018. The host committee logo featured a stylized overhead rendition of Mercedes-Benz Stadium's roof.
The Patriots finished the 2018 season with an 11–5 record to earn the #2 seed in the AFC and their 17th season with at least ten wins in their 19 years under 66-year-old head coach Bill Belichick. They went on to join the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills as the only teams in NFL history to reach three consecutive Super Bowls. Though the te
Safety (gridiron football position)
Safety known as a safetyman, is a position in American and Canadian football played by a member of the defense. The safeties are defensive backs who line up from ten to fifteen yards in front of the line of scrimmage. There are two variations of the position in a typical American formation: the free safety and the strong safety, their duties depend on the defensive scheme. The defensive responsibilities of the safety and cornerback involve pass coverage towards the middle and sidelines of the field, respectively. While American formations use two safeties, Canadian formations have one safety and two defensive halfbacks, a position not used in the American game; as professional and college football have become more focused on the passing game, safeties have become more involved in covering the eligible pass receivers. Safeties are the last line of defense. Safety positions can be converted cornerbacks, either by design or as a cornerback ages. In the era of the one-platoon system, the safety was known as the defensive fullback or goaltender.
The free safety tends to watch the play unfold and follow the ball as well as be the “defensive quarterback” of the backfield. The free safety is assigned to the quarterback in man coverage, but as the quarterback remains in the pocket, the free safety is "free" to double cover another player. On pass plays, the free safety is expected to assist the cornerback on his side and to close the distance to the receiver by the time the ball reaches him. Offenses tend to use the play-action pass to make the free safety expect a run play, which would draw him closer to the line of scrimmage, reduce his effectiveness as a pass defender. Furthermore, quarterbacks use a technique to "look off" a free safety, by looking away from the intended target receiver's side of the field during a pass play, with the intention to lure the free safety away from that side of the field; this phenomenon tests how effective a free safety's wit and athleticism are at defending long pass plays. If the offense puts a receiver in the slot the free safety may be called upon to cover that receiver.
Free safeties blitz as well. When this happens, the pressure on the quarterback is very severe since a blitz by a defensive back is not anticipated; because of their speed and deep coverage, free safeties are likely to make interceptions. Current examples of free safeties active in the NFL include Earl Thomas III, Eric Weddle, Kurt Coleman, Harrison Smith, Devin McCourty, Tyrann Mathieu, Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson; the strong safety tends to be stronger than the free safety. However, the word strong is used because he is assigned to cover the "strong side" of the offense, the side on which the tight end, a big, powerful receiver-type player lines up on offensive plays; the strong safety tends to play closer to the line than the free safety does, assists in stopping the run. He may cover a player, such as a running back or fullback or H-back, who comes out of the backfield to receive a pass. A strong safety's duties are a hybrid of those belonging to a linebacker in a 46 or 3–4 defense and those of the other defensive backs, in that he both covers the pass and stops the run.
Strong safeties are not seen in the Canadian game, where the role is filled by the two defensive halfbacks. Current examples of strong safeties active in the NFL include Jordan Poyer, Jamal Adams, Patrick Chung, Landon Collins, Malcolm Jenkins, Harrison Smith, Keanu Neal, Karl Joseph, Eric Berry, Tony Jefferson. PhillyBurbs.com Football 101: The Free Safety
The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division. Known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League; the Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The team relocated from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season; the team moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", but changed their name to "Tennessee Titans" for the 1999 season; the team plays at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park, a 31-acre site at the MetroCenter complex in Nashville; the team has appeared once in the Super Bowl, the same year they changed their name to "Titans", in which they lost to the St. Louis Rams.
When the team debuted as the Houston Oilers in 1960, the club's logo was an oil rig derrick. Except for minor color changes throughout the years, this logo remained the same until the team was renamed the Titans in 1999; the logo was called "Ol' Riggy", but this was dropped before the start of the 1974 season. The Oilers' uniforms consisted of blue or white jerseys, red trim, white pants. From 1966 through 1971, the pants with both the blue and white jerseys were silver, to match the color of the helmets; the team wore light blue pants on the road with the white jerseys from 1972 through 1994, with the exception of the 1980 season, selected games in the mid 80s, when the team wore an all-white road combination. For selected games in 1973 and 1974, again from 1981 through 1984, the Oilers wore their white jerseys at home; the light blue pants were discarded by coach Jeff Fisher in 1995. From 1960 to about 1965 and from 1972 to 1974, they wore blue helmets. During the 1997–98 period, when they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", the team had an alternate logo that combined elements of the flag of Tennessee with the derrick logo.
The team wore their white uniforms in home games, as opposed to their time in Houston, when their blue uniforms were worn at home – in the two years as the Tennessee Oilers, the team only wore their colored jerseys twice, for road games against the Miami Dolphins and a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys. When the team was renamed the Titans, the club introduced a new logo: a circle with three stars, similar to that found on the flag of Tennessee, containing a large "T" with a trail of flames similar to a comet; the uniforms consisted of white helmets, red trim, either navy or white jerseys. White pants were worn with the navy jerseys, navy pants were worn with the white jerseys. On both the navy and white jerseys, the outside shoulders and sleeves were light Titans blue. In a game against the Washington Redskins in 2006, the Titans wore their navy jerseys with navy pants for the first time. Since 2000, the Titans have worn their dark uniforms at home throughout the preseason and regular season.
They have worn white at home during daytime contests on many occasions for September home games to gain an advantage with the heat except in the 2005, 2006, 2008 seasons. The Titans introduced an alternate jersey in 2003, light Titans blue, with navy outside shoulders and sleeves; that jersey was worn with the road blue pants. When it was the alternate jersey from 2003 to 2007, the Titans wore the jersey twice in each regular season game, they always wore the Titans blue jersey in their annual divisional game against the Houston Texans and for other selected home games which came against a team from the old AFL. Their selection in those games were representative of the organization's ties to Houston and the old AFL. In November 2006, the Titans introduced light Titans blue pants in a game at the Philadelphia Eagles; the pants were reminiscent of the ones donned by the Oilers. In December 2006, they combined the Titans blue pants with the Titans blue jersey to create an all Titans blue uniform – Vince Young appeared in this uniform in the cover art for the Madden NFL 08 video game.
During the 2006 season, the Titans wore seven different uniform combinations, pairing the white jersey with all three sets of pants, the navy jersey with the white and navy pants, the Titans blue jersey with navy and Titans blue pants. In a 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Titans paired the navy blue jersey with the Titans blue pants for the first time, they wore the navy blue jerseys with the light blue pants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team paired the Titans blue jerseys with the white pants for the first time on November 14, 2013, in a home game against the Indianapolis Colts. In 2008, the Titans blue jerseys became the regular home uniforms, with the navy blue jerseys being relegated to alternate status, but not worn until 2013 — see below. In 2009, the NFL and the Hall of Fame committee announced that the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills would begin the 2009 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame Game; the game, played on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, was nationally televised on NBC.
The Titans defeated the Bills by a score of 21–18. In honor of the AFL's 50th anniversary, the Titans wore Oilers
The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball franchise based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The franchise competes in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division; the Braves played home games at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, Turner Field from 1997 to 2016. Since 2017, their home stadium has been SunTrust Park, a new stadium 10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in the Cumberland neighborhood of Cobb County; the Braves play spring training games at CoolToday Park in Florida. The "Braves" name, first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior, they are nicknamed "the Bravos", referred to as "America's Team" in reference to the team's games being broadcast on the nationally available TBS from the 1970s until 2007, giving the team a nationwide fan base. From 1991 to 2005, the Braves were one of the most successful teams in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times, producing one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of baseball.
Most notably, this rotation consisted of pitchers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine. The Braves won the National League West division from 1991 to 1993, after divisional realignment, the National League East division from 1995 to 2005, they returned to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card in 2010. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s, winning the title in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians. Since their debut in the National League in 1876, the franchise has won 18 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants, three World Series championships — in 1914 as the Boston Braves, in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves, in 1995 as the Atlanta Braves; the Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities. The Braves and the Chicago Cubs are the National League's two remaining charter franchises; the Braves were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, as the Boston Red Stockings. The team states it is "the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America."After various name changes, the team began operating as the Boston Braves, which lasted for most of the first half of the 20th century.
In 1953, the team moved to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Braves, followed by the final move to Atlanta in 1966. The team's tenure in Atlanta is noted for Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974; the Cincinnati Red Stockings, established in 1869 as the first all-professional baseball team, voted to dissolve after the 1870 season. Player-manager Harry Wright, with brother George and two other Cincinnati players went to Boston, Massachusetts at the invitation of Boston Red Stockings founder Ivers Whitney Adams to form the nucleus of the Boston Red Stockings, a charter member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players; the original Boston Red Stockings team and its successors can lay claim to being the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports. Two young players hired away from the Forest City club of Rockford, turned out to be the biggest stars during the NAPBBP years: pitcher Al Spalding and second baseman Ross Barnes. Led by the Wright brothers and Spalding, the Red Stockings dominated the National Association, winning four of that league's five championships.
The team became one of the National League's charter franchises in 1876, sometimes called the "Red Caps". The Boston Red Caps played in the first game in the history of the National League, on Saturday, April 22, 1876, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics, 6–5. Although somewhat stripped of talent in the National League's inaugural year, Boston bounced back to win the 1877 and 1878 pennants; the Red Caps/Beaneaters were one of the league's dominant teams during the 19th century, winning a total of eight pennants. For most of that time, their manager was Frank Selee. Boston came to be called the Beaneaters while retaining red as the team color; the 1898 team finished 102–47, a club record for wins that would stand for a century. Stars of those 1890s Beaneater teams included the "Heavenly Twins", Hugh Duffy and Tommy McCarthy, as well as "Slidin'" Billy Hamilton; the team was decimated when the American League's new Boston entry set up shop in 1901. Many of the Beaneaters' stars jumped to the new team, which offered contracts that the Beaneaters' owners did not bother to match.
They only managed one winning season from 1900 to 1913, lost 100 games five times. In 1907, the Beaneaters eliminated the last bit of red from their stockings because their manager thought the red dye could cause wounds to become infected (as noted in The Sporting News Baseball Guide during the 1940s when each team's entry had a history of its nickname; the American League club's owner, Charles Taylor, wasted little time in adopting Red Sox as his team's first official nickname. Media-driven nickname changes to the Doves in 1907 and the Rustlers in 1911 did nothing to change the National League club's luck; the team became the Braves for the first time in 1912. Their owner, James Gaffney, was a member of New York City's political machine, Tammany Hall, which used an In
2018 Buffalo Bills season
The 2018 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, the 59th overall. The season marked the fourth full season under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula and their second under the head coach/general manager tandem of Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane; the team finished with a 9–7 record in 2017 and returned to the playoffs for the first time after having not been to the playoffs since 1999. After a 21–17 loss to the rival Miami Dolphins in Week 13, the Bills failed to match their 9–7 record from the previous season, they were eliminated from playoff contention the following week with a 27–23 loss to the New York Jets finishing with a 6–10 record. On May 1, 2018, three weeks after the 2017–18 Buffalo Sabres season ended, team president Russ Brandon announced his resignation from Pegula Sports and Entertainment. In a statement to the press, Brandon stated that the departure had been planned since he had reached 20 years with the Bills in November 2017 and that he fulfilled his duties to the Bills and Sabres for the remainder of the Sabres' season before tendering his resignation.
A report in The Buffalo News claimed that Brandon had been subject to an internal investigation regarding inappropriate relationships with female employees. Draft trades The Bills traded their first- and second-round selections to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Tampa Bay's first- and seventh-round selections; the Bills traded their first- and third-round selections to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for Baltimore's first- and fifth-round selections The Bills traded their first- and fifth-round selections and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's first- and sixth-round selections. The Bills traded their first-round selection in 2017 to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's first-round selection as well as their first- and third-round selections in 2017; the Bills traded their sixth-round selection and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the Rams' second-round selection and cornerback E. J.
Gaines. The Bills traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Cleveland's third-round selection; the Bills traded their third-round selection, quarterback Cardale Jones and the seventh-round selection they acquired from the Los Angeles Chargers to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The Bills traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's third-round selection and wide receiver Jordan Matthews; the Bills traded defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a conditional sixth-round selection, which became a fifth-round selection after Dareus remained on Jacksonville's roster for the remainder of the 2017 season and the Jaguars made the playoffs. The Bills traded their seventh-round selection to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for linebacker Lerentee McCray; the Bills' preseason opponents and schedule was announced on April 11, 2018. For the first time since at least 2005, the Detroit Lions, who the Bills will play in Week 15, are not included on the preseason schedule.
The Bills' 2018 schedule was announced on April 19, 2018. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. Played in heavy rain, the lopsided game saw a dominant performance from Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns against the Bills defense before handing the reigns off to rookie Lamar Jackson. Buffalo was unable to keep pace on offense. Bills QB Nathan Peterman completed just 5/18 attempts for 24 yards and two interceptions, good for a 0.0 passer rating before being benched for rookie Josh Allen in the third quarter. With a final score of 47-3 in favor of Baltimore, Buffalo suffered its worst season-opening loss and opened the 2018 season 0-1. QB Josh Allen made his first career start in place of Nathan Peterman; this was CB Vontae Davis' last game in the NFL as he abruptly retired during halftime after 10 seasons. Veteran LB Lorenzo Alexander called Davis' decision "disrespectful" and that he had "never seen it, ever." Star RB LeSean McCoy left the game after suffering a strained rib muscle early in the second half.
In Josh Allen's second NFL start, he went 15/22 for 196 yards and a TD, earning him a 111.2 passer rating. He added 39 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns; the defense sacked Vikings QB Kirk Cousins four times and intercepted him once. The Bills won this game despite being 16.5-point betting underdogs. Despite holding Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the offense to just 22 points and forcing two turnovers, which included a Jordan Poyer interception, the Bills were unable to garner any points. With the team's first shutout loss since 2008, Buffalo fell to 1-3. With RB LeSean McCoy back to full health, the Bills maintained a run-heavy offensive game plan. QB Josh Allen scored his third rushing touchdown of the season and the Bills held the Titans offense, led by QB Marcus Mariota, in check in a defensive battle, aided by a Taron Johnson interception in the second quarter; the Bills maintained the lead throughout the game until the fourth quarter, but sealed the win with a 46-yard Steven Hauschka FG as time expired, improving the Bills to 2-3 on the season.
The Bills defense only allowed 216 yards from the Texans offens
Malcolm Terel Butler is an American football cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Butler played collegiate football at the University of West Alabama. During his senior year in 2013, Butler broke up 18 passes and had two interceptions and was named first-team All-Gulf South Conference at cornerback. Butler entered the NFL in 2014. Butler is responsible for one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history. Butler was on the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. Butler has four siblings, he graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2009. As a senior, he averaged five tackles per game. Despite only playing football in his freshman and senior years at Vicksburg, Butler earned a scholarship to Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. Butler participated in track & field at Vicksburg, where he competed in sprints and jumps, he had personal-bests of 12.07 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 1.83 meters in the high jump, 6.92 meters in the long jump.
In his 2009 freshman year at Hinds Community College, Butler recorded 22 tackles and one interception, but was kicked off the team after the fifth game of the season. He transferred to Alcorn State University before being invited back to Hinds Community College in 2011, as a sophomore recorded 43 tackles, three interceptions, 12 broken-up passes. In 2012, Butler enrolled at the University of West Alabama, he started all 12 games. He finished the 2012 season with 49 tackles, 43 solo, five interceptions, averaged a team-leading 29.8 yards per kickoff return. In 2013, Bulter was named a Beyond Sports Network All-American after recording 45 tackles, two interceptions, one blocked field goal, averaging 27.9 yards on kickoff returns during the season. He played in the 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl, a postseason all-star game, registering a solo tackle and an interception. Butler received an invitation to attend the New England Patriots’ rookie minicamp. On May 19, 2014, the New England Patriots signed Butler to a three-year, $1.53 million contract after he impressed coaches with his performance during rookie minicamp.
During training camp, Butler competed for a roster spot against Dax Swanson, Justin Green, Jemea Thomas. Butler had an impressive preseason and earned a roster spot as the sixth cornerback on the Patriots’ depth chart. Head coach Bill Belichick named him the sixth cornerback, behind Darrelle Revis, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington, Brandon Browner, he made his professional regular season debut in the New England Patriots’ season-opener at the Miami Dolphins and made two solo tackles during their 33–20 loss. Butler was inactive for three games as a healthy scratch. On November 2, 2014, Butler collected a season-high four solo tackles and deflected a pass as the Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 43–21 in Week 9, he was inactive for another two games as a healthy scratch. On December 14, 2014, Butler earned his first career start and recorded two combined tackles during a 41–13 victory against the Miami Dolphins. In Week 17, he collected a season-high five combined tackles during a 17–9 loss against the Buffalo Bills.
He finished his rookie season in 2014 with 15 combined tackles and three pass deflections in 11 games and one start. The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 12–4 record and earned a first-round bye. On January 10, 2015, Butler appeared in his first career playoff game as the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 35–31 in the AFC Divisional Round; the following week, he made one tackle as the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45–7 during the AFC Championship Game. On February 1, 2015, Butler appeared in Super Bowl XLIX and began the game as the fifth cornerback on the Patriots’ depth chart. Butler entered the game in the third quarter at nickelback after Kyle Arrington struggled to cover Chris Matthews. At the point Butler was inserted in the line-up, Seattle had scored on four straight offensive possessions. Butler was assigned to cover Jermaine Kearse with Brandon Browner covering Chris Matthews. On a first and ten Seattle handed off to Marshawn Lynch, Butler made the initial tackle and Lynch was held to two yards.
On the next play, Wilson threw to Kearse, Butler made the tackle holding him to a five-yard gain. On third and three, Wilson threw deep to Kearse and Butler broke up the pass, forcing Seattle to punt. Seattle would not score again. With under a minute left in the fourth quarter, Butler continued to cover wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and deflected a 33-yard pass by Russell Wilson; the deflected ball landed on Kearse as he fell to the ground and allowed him to juggle it and to complete the reception in what was described as one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history. After recognizing that Kearse had made the catch and was not down by contact, Butler pushed him out of bounds at the five-yard line. Two plays with 20 seconds remaining and the Seahawks in position to score on the Patriots' one-yard line, Butler intercepted a pass attempt to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette at the goal line, returning possession to the Patriots and maintaining their 28–24 lead. Butler said that he had guessed that Wilson would throw to Lockette, having read the Seahawks two receiver stack formation.
"From preparation, I remembered the formati
Super Bowl XXXVI
Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League champion for the 2001 season; the Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, the franchise's first league championship of any kind; the game was notable for snapping the AFC East's long streak of not being able to win a Super Bowl championship, as the division's teams had lost eight Super Bowls in total. It would be the last time; the game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, on February 3, 2002. Following the September 11 attacks earlier in the season, the NFL postponed a week of regular-season games and moved the league's playoff schedule back; as a result, Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from the original date of January 27 to February 3, becoming the first Super Bowl played in February. The pregame ceremonies and the halftime show headlined by the Irish rock band U2 honored the victims of 9/11.
Due to heightened security measures following the terrorist attacks, this was the first Super Bowl designated as a National Special Security Event by the Office of Homeland Security. The OHS established the practice of naming each subsequent Super Bowl an NSSE. Additionally, it was the last Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina slammed the city in 2005; this game marked the Rams' third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and the second in three seasons. St. Louis posted an NFL-best 14–2 regular season record, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and "The Greatest Show on Turf" offense; the Patriots clinched their third Super Bowl berth after posting an 11–5 regular season record, led by second-year quarterback Tom Brady and a defense that ended the regular season ranked sixth in scoring. Although the Rams out-gained the Patriots 427–267 in total yards, New England built a 17–3 third-quarter lead off three Rams turnovers. After a holding penalty in the fourth quarter negated a Patriots fumble return for a touchdown, Warner scored a 2-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 17–17, with 1:30 remaining.
Without any timeouts, Brady led his team down the field to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Brady, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP. After their Super Bowl-winning 1999 season, the Rams offense again dominated the league in 2000, leading the NFL in passing and total yards. However, the Rams had one of the worst defenses in the league. This, along with injury problems and a coaching change from Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil, who left the team to Mike Martz, caused the Rams to slip to a 10–6 record in 2000; the season ended with a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round of the playoffs. After signing several new defensive players in the off-season, hiring new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, the Rams finished the 2001 season with the NFL's best regular season record at 14–2, they led the league in scoring. This was the Rams' third consecutive season with over an NFL record.
On defense, they only allowed 271 points, improving their 31st ranking in 2000 to 7th in 2001. The Rams' 1999–2001 offense, nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf", is considered one of the best in NFL history; the team possessed an incredible amount of offensive talent at nearly every position. In 2001, quarterback Kurt Warner was awarded his second NFL Most Valuable Player Award after throwing for 4,830 yards and 36 touchdowns, with 22 interceptions, earned a league high 101.4 passer rating. Wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce each amassed over 1,100 receiving yards, combining for 142 receptions, 2,469 yards, 13 touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Proehl caught 40 passes for 5 touchdowns. Tight end Ernie Conwell caught 38 passes for 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim caught 39 passes for 374 yards, added another 333 yards returning punts. Running back Marshall Faulk won NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the third year in a row in 2001, he rushed for 1,382 yards, caught 83 passes for 765 yards, scored 21 touchdowns, became the first NFL player to gain more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards for 4 consecutive seasons.
Running back Trung Canidate was a major contributor, rushing for 441 yards, catching 17 passes for 154 yards, returning kickoffs for 748 yards, scoring 6 touchdowns. The Rams offensive line was led by guard Adam Timmerman and offensive tackle Orlando Pace, selected to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year; the Rams' defense ranked third in the league in fewest yards allowed. The line was anchored by Pro Bowl defensive end Leonard Little, who led the team with 14.5 sacks and recovered a fumble, defensive end Grant Wistrom, who recorded 9 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery. The Rams linebackers unit was led by London Fletcher, who had 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles. St. Louis had an outstanding secondary, led by Dré Bly, Pro Bowl selection Aeneas Williams, Dexter McCleon; the Patriots' chances for a Supe