Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel Ruined Malcolm Butler's Ankles With This Perfect Route in Super Bowl LI
Almost four years ago, New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler tweeted that he couldn't wait to defend Julio Jones once he reached the NFL. That tweet became one of the more talked about storylines ahead of Super LI, since Butler would finally get his shot to line up opposite Jones in the biggest game of the season. Perhaps Butler should've tweeted about another Atlanta Falcons receiver instead.
Butler wasn't involved in covering Jones on many key plays, but he was the center of attention on a pass from Matt Ryan to Taylor Gabriel for all the wrong reasons. On the Falcons' second drive of the third quarter, a drive that ended with a touchdown (the last points the Falcons would score in Super Bowl LI), Gabriel shook Butler so hard with a head fake that Butler tripped over his own feet and fell to the ground. Gabriel sprang open and hauled in a 39-yard pass.
So vicious was Gabriel's juke, it looked like an earthquake had rumbled directly underneath Butler's feet and sent him spiraling to the turf. The Patriots obviously got the last laugh, erasing a 28-3 deficit in the blink of an eye and winning Super Bowl LI in overtime, but Gabriel's route was too gorgeous to be ignored.