Patrick Magee

Butler among Mississippians with big Super Bowl performances

Super Bowl XLIX will go down as one of the best and a handful of Mississippians played big roles in the New England Patriots' 28-24 victory over the New England Patriots.

Here's a rundown of what players with Mississippi ties accomplished in the game:

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (East Mississippi CC): He was the top rusher for the Patriots with 14 carries for 40 yards.

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (Ole Miss): He had a single tackle in special teams duty.

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (Vicksburg High, Hinds CC): His interception to seal the game with 20 seconds remaining will go down as one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks were at the Patriots' 1 and appeared to have the game locked up. Instead, Butler cut in front of his receiver and made an incredible interception. He ended the game with three tackles, three passes defensed and one interception.

Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins (Franklin County High School, Southern Miss): Collins led the Patriots in tackles with eight, including six solo tackles. He was around the ball all night.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (Madison Central High School): He converted on all four extra points and had touchbacks on each of his kickoffs.

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright (Olive Branch High School, Mississippi State): The former Bulldogs star ranked second on the team with 11 tackles, including 10 of the solo variety.

Also: Patriots linebacker Chris White of Vancleave dressed out and played on special teams. Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood, a D'Iberville native, was inactive for Sunday's game.

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