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Feb 5, 2016 6:07 PM

ESPN names Patriots interception as most impactful play in Super Bowl history


It's Super Bowl 50 weekend, but sadly the Patriots didn't make the trip to San Francisco.

However, now is the perfect time to reflect on just how magnificent Malcolm Butler's interception was just a year ago.

ESPN recently named it the most impactful play in Super Bowl history.

It actually quite fascinating.

ESPN used "a statistic called win probability added (WPA), which measures the change in a team's chance to win from the start of the play to the end of it, from the perspective of the offense (a positive WPA means the offensive team's win probability increased, and a negative WPA means the defensive team's did)."

Butler's WPA was more than 80 percent. 80 PERCENT!

That blows away No 2. on the list which came in at just above 50 percent (and it was the famous "Wide Right" field goal in 1990 as time expired.)

The Patriots actually make several appearances in the Top 10.

Check out the list!

Kevin Deane is the Digital Content Manager for NH1.com. You can email him at kdeane@nh1.com and follow him on Twitter, @kdeaneNH1.


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