Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX interception named 5th-best play in NFL history

Immaculate Reception was voted the top play of all-time.

Malcolm Butler's interception against the Seattle Seahawks was deemed the most memorable play in Patriots history. Kathy Willens/AP File Photo

Malcolm Butler’s interception that sealed the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks was voted on an NFL Network special as the fifth-best play in NFL history.


The Immaculate Reception was picked as the best play in the history of the game. A play that is familiar to Patriots fans for the wrong reasons was selected third, as David Tyree’s catch in Super Bowl XLII edged Butler’s pick by two spots.

The plays were voted on by a panel of 68 media members for a program titled the “NFL 100 Greatest plays” to celebrate the league’s 100th season. The top 30 plays were revealed Friday night.


Adam Vinatieri’s kick to tie the 2001 AFC Divisional game against the Raiders was the next-highest Patriots play, coming in at No. 18.

Other Patriots plays on the list included Julian Edelman’s bobble catch in Super Bowl LI (22), Randy Moss’s one-handed grab against the New York Jets in 2010 (84), and Ben Watson’s chase-down tackle of Champ Bailey against the Denver Broncos in the 2005 playoffs (85).