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The New England Patriots’ ability to slow down Atlanta Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones could be the difference in Super Bowl LI.

Related: Former Alabama star Julio Jones was held, still beats two defenders for 73-yard TD 

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler will likely be tasked with stopping Jones, and he tweeted about wanting to defend him over four years ago while still in college at West Alabama.

Butler famously intercepted Russell Wilson to secure the Patriots’ win in Super Bowl XLIX. The Pats might need more heroics from Butler to win their fifth Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

But Jones is another matter. He’s arguably the NFL’s best receiver, who brings power (6’3, 220) and speed (4.39 40 time) to his amazing game. This season, he caught 83 passes for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.

Patriots defender will have a chance to back his words up after calling out Atlanta’s superstar, Julio Jones Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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