How the Patriots turned a Malcolm Butler interception into a Gronk touchdown in less than 30 seconds

Malcolm Butler steps in front of New York Jets Robby 
Anderson for an interception.
Malcolm Butler steps in front of New York Jets Robby Anderson for an interception. –Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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With less than a minute to go in the first half against the Jets on Sunday, the Patriots not only trailed 14-7, but were looking at another potential New York score. Yet moments later, it was the away team celebrating a touchdown in a dramatic shift.

The sequence began with a Malcolm Butler interception. On 2nd and 12 at the New England 49-yard line, Jets quarterback Josh McCown tried to find Robby Anderson on the sideline. Butler stepped in front to create the turnover:

After moving the ball efficiently into Jets’ territory, Tom Brady went deep to Brandin Cooks for 42 yards. The play took New England to the one-yard line:

Another look at the impressive catch:

And only 27 seconds after McCown’s interception, Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a game-tying touchdown pass:

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