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Eric Rowe didn't know he would start in Super Bowl LII until right before kickoff

Ryan Hannable
February 05, 2018 - 1:16 am

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the biggest surprises in Super Bowl LII was Eric Rowe starting the game over Malcolm Butler at cornerback and then Butler not playing at all.

Rowe was the No. 2 corner and then Johnson Bademosi was the No. 3 corner.

Speaking afterwards, Rowe said he didn't know he was starting until right before the game.

“It wasn’t official until kickoff," he said.

Butler was caught on NBC cameras crying during the national anthem. Rowe said he felt for him.

“Yeah, he is a very emotional guy," Rowe said. "He has a lot of passion for the game. It is not often you go to the Super Bowl. I know he has gone a few times, but I feel for him.”

Rowe was picked on over the course of the game by Nick Foles and the Eagles offense, including allowing Alshon Jeffery's touchdown in the first half.

“Very frustrating," he said. "Obviously, on the biggest stage. It is not like a regular season game where you are like, ‘OK, we will bounce back.’ This was it.” 

The Patriots allowed the most points (41) and total yards (538) of any playoff game under Bill Belichick in the game.

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