The Patriots have been conspicuously lacking one among their Tremendous Bowl heroes within the first half of Sunday’s championship recreation towards the Eagles.
Cornerback Malcolm Butler, who had the game-winning interception in Tremendous Bowl XLIV, didn’t taking part in any snaps on protection the primary half of Tremendous Bowl LII and as an alternative watched from the bench.
He did, nonetheless, take the sector on particular groups.
Head coach Invoice Belichick defined the choice to bench Butler at halftime and dominated out any kind of sickness or disciplinary measure.
“I made the selections that give us the very best probability to win,” he informed NBC’s Michelle Tafoya.
Butler remained absent on the Eagles first offensive drive of the second half, too, which led to a landing and allowed Philadelphia to take a 29-19 lead.