50 Years of Super Bowl MVP History
50 Years of Super Bowl MVP History

As Super Bowl 50 approaches, the NFL's championship game has never been more exciting. Eleven of the past 12 Super Bowls have been within one score at some point in the fourth quarter.

From the DAVID TYREE "helmet catch" (XLII, New York Giants) to SANTONIO HOLMES' game-winning, toe-tap touchdown (XLIII, Pittsburgh) to MALCOLM BUTLER's game-clinching interception (XLIX, New England), the Super Bowl has lived up to its name.

What's in store for the Super Bowl's 50th installment, which is set to kickoff this February at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers? No one knows for sure. Many players, from superstars to special teams standouts, will likely have an effect on the outcome, but only one will join the exclusive club of Super Bowl MVP winners.

A look at the Super Bowl Most Valuable Players from Super Bowl I to Super Bowl XLIX:

Super Bowl I: Qb Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers

In what was originally called the "AFL-NFL World Championship," Starr propelled the Packers to a 35-10 victory over the Chiefs. Completing 16 of 23 attempts, Starr amassed 250 yards through the air to go along with three passing touchdowns. Starr connected with reserve wide receiver Max McGee, whose one-armed first-quarter touchdown reception is one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history, seven times for 138 yards.

Super Bowl II: QB BART STARR, Green Bay Packers

Guiding Green Bay to its second Super Bowl win in a row (and third consecutive NFL championship), Starr's star shone the brightest in the second half. The high-powered Green Bay offense rattled off 17 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Raiders for a 33-14 victory. Starr completed 13 of his 24 passes, including a 62-yard scoring strike to Boyd Dowler.

Super Bowl III: QB JOE NAMATH, New York Jets

In a game that will be forever remembered because of Namath's "guarantee" of victory, the Jets toppled the seemingly unbeatable Baltimore Colts by a score of 16-7. Even future Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas could not spark a second half comeback by Baltimore. Because of Namath's leadership (and five Baltimore turnovers), the Jets secured the first victory for the AFL in the young history of the Super Bowl. "Broadway Joe" completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.

Super Bowl IV: QB LEN DAWSON, Kansas City Chiefs

In the last game before the AFL-NFL merger, Dawson's workmanlike performance helped Kansas City beat the Vikings, 23-7. Dawson (12 of 17, 122 passing yards) orchestrated four scoring drives in the first half alone, three of which resulted in Jan Stenerud field goals. Utilizing a running back-by-committee approach, Dawson's Chiefs outgained the Vikings on the ground (151-67). After building a 16-0 lead at the half, Dawson punctuated the victory with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Otis Taylor.

Super Bowl V: LB CHUCK HOWLEY, Dallas Cowboys

Howley made history twice in one day with his MVP-worthy performance in this championship. Not only did this gritty linebacker become the first defensive MVP in Super Bowl history, Howley is still the only player in NFL history to win the award for a losing team. Baltimore's Jim O'Brien nailed a 32-yard field goal with only five seconds left in the game to close out a 16-13 come-from-behind win for the Colts. Howley intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in the losing effort.

 

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ROGER STAUBACH, Dallas Cowboys

 

Super Bowl VI: QB ROGER STAUBACH, Dallas Cowboys

Bouncing back from a devastating defeat a year earlier, Dallas brought home its first of five Super Bowl titles with a 24-3 win over the Dolphins. Outdueling his Miami counterpart Bob Griese, Staubach found wide receiver Lance Alworth and tight end Mike Ditka in the end zone for touchdowns. In addition to his 119 yards through the air, Staubach led the potent Cowboys' rushing game up and down the field in the victory.

Super Bowl VII: S JAKE SCOTT, Miami Dolphins

An important cog in Miami's "No Name Defense," Scott picked off two of Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer's passes in this 14-7 Miami victory. Scott's second interception came in the Dolphins' end zone, quashing Washington's best offensive drive. Mike Bass scored the Redskins' lone touchdown, corralling Miami kicker Garo Yepremian's illfated forward pass that slipped out of his hand after a botched field goal attempt. The 1972 Dolphins remain the only unbeaten, untied team in NFL history.

Super Bowl VIII: RB LARRY CSONKA, Miami Dolphins

Racking up over 100 yards rushing for two Super Bowls in a row, Csonka's 33 carries wore down the Vikings. The stalwart runner finished with 145 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's second consecutive Super Bowl victory (24-7). Miami quarterback Bob Griese attempted only seven passes. Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton scrambled for a score in the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins lead was insurmountable because of its steady rushing attack.

Super Bowl IX: RB FRANCO HARRIS, Pittsburgh Steelers

Harris and running back Rocky Bleier combined for more than 200 yards in Pittsburgh's first of four Super Bowl wins (16-6) in the 1970s. With the Steelers clinging to a 2-0 lead in the second half, Harris helped Pittsburgh pull away with a nine-yard touchdown run. Remembered best for reeling in the "Immaculate Reception" earlier in his career, Harris' 158 rushing yards eclipsed the Super Bowl record established by Csonka only one year earlier. Pittsburgh outrushed the Vikings by more than 200 yards.

 

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LYNN SWANN, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Super Bowl X: WR LYNN SWANN, Pittsburgh Steelers

Famous for his acrobatic catches, Swann did not disappoint in the Steelers' 21-17 win over the Cowboys. Racking up 161 receiving yards, a Super Bowl record at the time, on only four catches, Swann's 64-yard touchdown reception from Terry Bradshaw made the difference in the close contest. Swann's score capped a 14-0 run for the Steelers in the fourth quarter.

Super Bowl XI: WR FRED BILETNIKOFF, Oakland Raiders

Biletnikoff's numbers weren't overwhelming (four catches, 79 yards), but three of those receptions set up short touchdowns for the Raiders in a 32-14 victory over Minnesota. After jumping out to a 16-0 first half lead, Oakland never looked back.

Super Bowl XII: DE RANDY WHITE and DT HARVEY MARTIN, Dallas Cowboys

For the first and only time in Super Bowl history, two players shared the MVP award. White and Martin were instrumental in Dallas limiting the Broncos to only 156 yards of total offense (2.7 yards per play) in a 27-10 win. Dallas' "Doomsday Defense" forced eight turnovers - four interceptions and four fumble recoveries. White's and Martin's relentless pass rushing also helped limit Denver to eight completions in 24 pass attempts.

Super Bowl XIII: QB TERRY BRADSHAW, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bradshaw won the first of his two consecutive Super Bowl MVP awards by passing for 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-31 victory. Wide receiver John Stallworth hauled in scoring strikes of 28 and 75 yards in the first half. Bradshaw carved out his place among the NFL's greatest with his sterling Super Bowl performances.

Super Bowl XIV: QB TERRY BRADSHAW, Pittsburgh Steelers

Becoming the first back-to-back Super Bowl MVP award winner since Bart Starr, Bradshaw helped the Steelers recover from two deficits to win their fourth NFL championship in six years, 31-19 over the Rams. Long touchdown passes to Lynn Swann and John Stallworth helped Bradshaw amass 309 yards passing as he completed 14 of 21 attempts. Bradshaw owned nearly every significant Super Bowl passing record following the win, including career yardage (932), touchdowns (nine) and passer rating (112.8). Sparked by the leadership of Bradshaw and a suffocating "Steel Curtain" defense, Pittsburgh was the first team in NFL history to hoist four Vince Lombardi Trophies.

Super Bowl XV: QB JIM PLUNKETT, Oakland Raiders

The strong-armed Plunkett was the model of efficiency in the Raiders' 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Plunkett, who did not take over as a starter until Week 6 of the season, finished 13 for 21 passing for 261 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Super Bowl XVI: QB JOE MONTANA, San Francisco 49ers

If the 1970s belonged to the Steelers, the 1980s was certainly the decade of the 49ers. This 26-21 win over the Bengals was the start of a San Francisco dynasty, with Montana (14 of 22, 142 yards) leading the way. In addition to an 11-yard touchdown pass to Earl Cooper, Montana also ran for one score in the first quarter en route to a 20-0 halftime lead. Despite a serious comeback attempt by Ken Anderson and Cincinnati, Montana and the 49ers held on for the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

 

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JOHN RIGGINS, Washington

 

Super Bowl XVII: RB JOHN RIGGINS, Washington

In front of a crowd of 103,667 at the Rose Bowl in the Redskins' 27-17 win, Riggins turned in one of the most memorable rushing performances in NFL championship history. Highlighted by a bruising 43-yard touchdown run on a fourthand- one situation, Riggins carried the ball a Super Bowl record 38 times for 166 yards, which was also a record at the time. In the process of wearing down a tough Miami defense, Riggins put an exclamation point on one of the most prolific postseason performances ever; Riggins rushed for more than 100 yards in each of Washington's four playoff victories.

Super Bowl XVIII: RB MARCUS ALLEN, Los Angeles Raiders

Shattering John Riggins' record for rushing yards established the previous year, Allen spun and juked his way to 191 yards rushing in Oakland's 38-9 victory over Washington. The agile Allen, who averaged nearly 10 yards per rush in this championship win, scored both of his touchdowns in the third quarter, sealing the victory.

Super Bowl XIX: QB JOE MONTANA, San Francisco 49ers

Montana became the third player to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs in a dominant 38-16 victory over the Dan Marino-led Dolphins. Not only did Montana pass for 331 yards and three touchdowns, but he also scrambled for 59 yards on five carries, including a six-yard score midway through the third quarter. Running back Roger Craig was Montana's favorite target, posting seven receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. In all, Montana accounted for 390 of the 49ers' 537 total yards.

Super Bowl XX: DE RICHARD DENT, Chicago Bears

A team as famous for its "Super Bowl Shuffle" music video as it was for its 15-1 regular-season record, the '85 Chicago Bears rattled off 44 unanswered points in their championship win over the Patriots (46-10). Dent accounted for 1.5 of the Bears' record-breaking seven sacks and caused two fumbles. With Dent leading the charge, Chicago limited New England to seven yards rushing.

Super Bowl XXI: QB PHIL SIMMS, New York Giants

Simms' near-perfect 22-of-25 passing performance helped New York pull away from the Denver Broncos for a 39-20 victory. With the Giants trailing 10-9 at the half, Simms was a perfect 10-for-10 in the second half, orchestrating five scoring drives in the process. Tight end Mark Bavaro and wide receiver Phil McConkey were both on the receiving ends of touchdown tosses from Simms. No other Super Bowl quarterback has come close to matching Simms' 88.0 completion percentage.

Super Bowl XXII: QB DOUG WILLIAMS, Washington Redskins

Throwing four touchdown passes in an electric second quarter, Williams led Washington to its second Super Bowl victory, passing for 340 yards -- a Super Bowl record at the time. Trailing 10-0 after one quarter, the Redskins' offense erupted for 35 straight points en route to a 42-10 victory. Williams sparked the offensive rally with an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ricky Sanders less than a minute into the second quarter.

Super Bowl XXIII: WR JERRY RICE, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco became the first NFC team to win three Super Bowls in this come-from-behind 20-16 win over the Bengals. Rice totaled 11 catches for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards. Though Joe Montana racked up more than 300 yards passing and directed a memorable game-winning drive (92 yards in 11 plays), Rice's dominant performance was the difference in this game. In addition to owning every significant receiving record in NFL history, Rice still holds several Super Bowl records, including most career receiving yardage and touchdowns.

Super Bowl XXIV: QB JOE MONTANA, San Francisco 49ers

Montana augmented an already impressive Super Bowl résumé by winning his third MVP award in the game. In the most lopsided Super Bowl win ever, San Francisco beat the Broncos, 55-10. Montana's five touchdown passes set a single-game Super Bowl standard at the time. Montana (22 of 29, 297 yards) still sits atop the Super Bowl record book in career passer rating (127.8).

Super Bowl XXV: RB OTTIS ANDERSON, New York Giants

Head coach Bill Parcells secured his second Super Bowl championship in a thrilling 20-19 Giants victory, secured when Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood's potential game-winning field goal sailed wide right. Just as they had done all season, the Giants employed a ball-control strategy that was spearheaded by Anderson's gritty performance. Running primarily between the tackles, Anderson carried the ball 21 times for 102 yards. The Giants held possession for 40:33, keeping the potent Buffalo offense from finding its rhythm. Anderson scored his lone touchdown of the day to cap a 14-play drive that spanned nearly 10 minutes of the third quarter.

Super Bowl XXVI: QB MARK RYPIEN, Washington Redskins

Rypien and his Redskins handed the Bills their second Super Bowl loss (37-24) as Washington secured its third Super Bowl title. Passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns, Rypien's 35-yard touchdown pass to Gary Clark in the second half provided some much-needed breathing room for Washington.

Super Bowl XXVII: QB TROY AIKMAN, Dallas Cowboys

This 52-17 win over Buffalo marked the resurgence of Dallas' Super Bowl dominance, and turned out to be the first of three Cowboys Super Bowl wins to come in the next four years. Aikman connected with wide receiver Michael Irvin twice for touchdown passes, with wide receiver Alvin Harper and tight end Jay Novacek also on the receiving end of scoring strikes. Aikman's performance was spectacular. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards to go along with his four touchdowns.

 

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EMMITT SMITH, Dallas Cowboys

 

Super Bowl XXVIII: RB EMMITT SMITH, Dallas Cowboys

With Dallas trailing at halftime, it was Smith's two second-half scoring runs that propelled the Cowboys to victory (30-13) for the second consecutive year over the rival Bills. Smith's first score gave Dallas the lead for good, as he carried the ball seven times on an eight-play third-quarter scoring drive punctuated by a 15-yard touchdown scamper. Carrying the ball 30 times for 132 yards, Smith's steady effort helped stifle any hopes of a Buffalo comeback.

 

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STEVE YOUNG, San Francisco 49ers

 

Super Bowl XXIX: QB STEVE YOUNG, San Francisco 49ers

Stepping out of the shadow of the man he replaced (Joe Montana), Young torched San Diego's defense for 325 yards passing to go along with his Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes in a 49-26 victory. Jerry Rice caught three of the six scoring throws from the left-handed Young, who also led the 49ers in rushing with 49 yards. Young and the 49ers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following touchdown passes to Rice and running back Ricky Watters.

Super Bowl XXX: CB LARRY BROWN, Dallas Cowboys

Brown intercepted two passes in the Cowboys' fifth Super Bowl win. Both interceptions stymied promising Pittsburgh drives and helped set up a pair of short rushing touchdowns by Emmitt Smith. Brown's opportunistic interceptions helped Dallas overcome a deficit of 13-7 as well as preserve a 20-17 advantage in this eventual 27-17 Cowboys victory.

Super Bowl XXXI: KR-PR DESMOND HOWARD, Green Bay Packers

Howard picked the grandest of stages to carve out his niche in NFL history, putting up 244 combined yards on his kickoff and punt returns in a 35-21 win over New England. The key play to his selection as MVP was a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that dashed hopes of a comeback by the Patriots. Signed as a free agent in the offseason, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan helped the Packers to their first Super Bowl title since the Lombardi era.

 

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TERRELL DAVIS, Denver Broncos

 

Super Bowl XXXII: RB TERRELL DAVIS, Denver Broncos

After leading the AFC in rushing in only his second year, Davis' 30 carries and 157 yards proved to be the difference in this 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The fleet-footed Davis utilized his unique combination of speed and power to become the first player in Super Bowl history to rush for three touchdowns in one game.

Super Bowl XXXIII: QB JOHN ELWAY, Denver Broncos

After waiting so long for his first Super Bowl ring, Elway wasted no time in adding a second one to his collection. Elway amassed 336 yards in Denver's 34-19 win over a Falcons squad led by powerful halfback Jamal Anderson. A member of the famed Class of '83 quarterbacks, Elway walked away from football after winning his second Super Bowl, ending on the highest of notes.

 

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KURT WARNER, St. Louis Rams

 

Super Bowl XXXIV: QB KURT WARNER, St. Louis Rams

Becoming a starter via a journey through the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, Warner's Cinderella climb from backup to superstar captured the imagination of America. Leading the Rams to their first-ever Super Bowl title, Warner's 414 passing yards are still a single-game Super Bowl best. He spread the ball around, as nine different players registered at least one catch. The speedy receiving tandem of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt each topped 100 yards receiving and caught one touchdown apiece. In one of the most exciting finishes in Super Bowl history, the Rams held on to their 23-16 lead by just one yard, as Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled short of the goal line by Mike Jones in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

Super Bowl XXXV: LB RAY LEWIS, Baltimore Ravens

Becoming only the seventh defensive player to win a Super Bowl MVP award, Lewis inspired Baltimore to a 34-7 win over the Giants. Though his five tackles and four passes defensed did not jump off the stats page, it was Lewis' tenacity and leadership that propelled the Ravens to the win.

Super Bowl XXXVI: QB TOM BRADY, New England Patriots

After stepping in for an injured Drew Bledsoe during the regular season, Brady eventually led the Patriots to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history in a 20-17 win against St. Louis. After the Rams overcame a 14-point deficit to tie the game with just 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, Brady put together a drive of five completions in six attempts that set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Brady completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown.

Super Bowl XXXVII: S DEXTER JACKSON, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A bevy of Bucs defenders were worthy of MVP consideration, but Jackson's two first-half interceptions, one of which led to a go-ahead field goal, were the deciding factor in his selection. Cornerback Dwight Smith returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the second half, but Jackson's big plays keyed the outcome of the game.

Super Bowl XXXVIII: QB TOM BRADY, New England Patriots

Brady's Patriots treated the fans to another exciting finish that ended with a game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to edge Carolina, 32-29. Brady completed 32 of 48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns to become the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to start and win two title games before his 27th birthday.

Super Bowl XXXIX: WR DEION BRANCH, New England Patriots

Branch caught 11 passes for 133 yards and the Patriots' defense forced four turnovers en route to becoming the eighth team to post consecutive Super Bowl titles in a 24-21 win against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots also matched the Dallas Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) as the only teams with three Super Bowl victories in a span of four seasons. At the time, Branch's 11 catches tied the Super Bowl single-game record for receptions (Dan Ross, Cincinnati, XVI; Jerry Rice, San Francisco, XXIII).

Super Bowl XL: WR HINES WARD, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ward came up with two big plays to help Pittsburgh win its first championship since Super Bowl XIV, earning a 21-10 win against the Seattle Seahawks. Ward made a leaping 37-yard reception late in the second quarter to set up the Steelers' first touchdown (a three-yard run by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger). Later, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El took a handoff on a reverse and threw a perfect 43-yard touchdown pass to Ward to help clinch the victory. Overall, Ward had five receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Super Bowl XLI: QB PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis Colts

Manning passed for 247 yards and one touchdown as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17. The victory was the Colts' first Super Bowl championship in 36 years. Manning completed 25 of 38 passes, including a 53-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne in the first quarter. Led by Manning and the Colts' ballcontrol offense, Indianapolis outgained Chicago 430-265 in total yards and maintained a 38:04-21:56 edge in time of possession.

 

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ELI MANNING, New York Giants

 

Super Bowl XLII: QB ELI MANNING, New York Giants

Eli Manning followed his brother, Peyton, of the Indianapolis Colts, to become a Super Bowl MVP. His 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining gave the Giants a 17-14 come-from-behind victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. During the game-winning drive, Manning made the play of the game by escaping the grasps of two Patriots' defensive linemen, spinning away and launching a deep pass downfield that wide receiver David Tyree caught in midair and cradled against his helmet as he fell to the ground for a 32-yard gain. Manning completed 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns (Tyree also caught a five-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 10-7 lead).

 

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WR SANTONIO HOLMES, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Super Bowl XLIII: WR SANTONIO HOLMES, Pittsburgh Steelers

Holmes caught a six yard touchdown pass in the back-right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left as the Steelers rallied to beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. Holmes' incredible game-winning catch (he stretched high and kept both toes on the ground, despite tight coverage by the Cardinals) helped Pittsburgh avert what would have been the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, as the Cardinals had scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Holmes, who had nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in the game, caught three passes from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' game-winning drive.

Super Bowl XLIV: QB DREW BREES, New Orleans Saints

Brees led New Orleans to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts and the franchise's first Super Bowl title. Spreading the ball around to eight different receivers, Brees tied a Super Bowl record at the time with 32 completions, the last a two-yard slant to tight end Jeremy Shockey for the winning points with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. He also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to running back Pierre Thomas early in the third quarter to give the Saints their first lead of the game (13-10). Brees, who also connected with wide receiver Lance Moore for a critical two-point conversion following his touchdown pass to Shockey, completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

Super Bowl XLV: QB AARON RODGERS, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers to their first Super Bowl title in 14 years as Green Bay defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25. Rodgers, who completed 24 of 39 passes, helped Green Bay jump out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead when he connected with wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a 29-yard scoring pass. Rodgers' 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings helped Green Bay to a 21- 10 halftime advantage. Rodgers and Jennings connected again early in the fourth quarter for an eight-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 28-17 lead. His favorite target on the day was Nelson, who had nine receptions for 140 yards and one score.

Super Bowl XLVI: QB ELI MANNING, New York Giants

Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl MVP award in five seasons, leading the Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown, a two-yard scoring throw to wide receiver Victor Cruz in the first quarter. Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was Manning's most popular target with 10 receptions for 109 yards in the title game.

 

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QB JOE FLACCO, Baltimore Ravens

 

Super Bowl XLVII: QB JOE FLACCO, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory, defeating the NFC-champion San Francisco 49ers 34-31 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. All of Flacco's scoring passes came in the first half -- 13 yards to Anquan Boldin, 1 yard to Dennis Pitta and 56 yards to Jacoby Jones -- as the Ravens built a 21-6 halftime lead en route to victory.

Super Bowl XLVIII: LB MALCOLM SMITH, Seattle Seahawks

Smith became the first defensive player to win the Pete Rozelle Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award since Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson earned the honor in Super Bowl XXXVII. Smith helped lead a Seahawks' defense that forced four turnovers as Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Smith intercepted a Peyton Manning pass in the second quarter and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle a 22-0 advantage. Smith also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to stop a Broncos drive deep in Seahawks territory and finished with nine total tackles.

 

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QB TOM BRADY, New England Patriots

 

Super Bowl XLIX: QB TOM BRADY, New England Patriots

Brady became the second player in NFL history to win three Super Bowl MVP Awards (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XLIX), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana (XVI, XIX and XXIV). Brady passed for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning three-yard score to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. He extended his own Super Bowl career passing records for attempts, completions and yards and surpassed Montana (11) and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw (nine) for the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history (13).

 

Super Bowl 50 Notes and Records
Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller

 

SUPER BOWL 50: LB VON MILLER, Denver Broncos

The second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Von Miller became the 10th defensive player in Super Bowl history to be selected as the Super Bowl MVP by harassing the first overall pick in that draft, quarterback Cam Newton of the Panthers.

Miller registered 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles that led to both Denver touchdowns as the Broncos won the third Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Midway through the first quarter, Miller sacked Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton and forced him to fumble. Broncos' defensive end Malik Jackson fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown which gave Denver a 10-0 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter, Miller again sacked Newton and forced him to fumble. Broncos' safety T.J. Ward recovered the ball and returned it to the Panthers' 4-yard line. The Broncos scored a minute later to put the game away.

The other three linebackers to be chosen Super Bowl MVP are Chuck Howley of the Cowboys (Super Bowl V), Ray Lewis of the Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV) and Malcolm Smith of the Seahawks (Super Bowl XLVIII).

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