Super Bowl MVPs
Super Bowl XLVIII - Malcolm Smith
Seahawks’ LB Malcolm Smith led a dominate performance from Seattle’s defense as he recovered a fumble, recorded nine tackles and picked off Peyton Manning, which heconverted into a pick-six.
Super Boxl XLVII - Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw three touchdown passes to lead a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Super Bowl XLVI - Eli Manning
The New York Giants quarterback again beat the New England Patriots with a last-minute drive. Manning guided his team 88 yards on nine plays, ending with Ahmad Bradshaw's uncontested 6-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left to win 22-17.
Super Bowl XLV - Aaron Rodgers
At one point, Rodgers completed 10-of-11 passes as the Packers took a 21-3 lead en route to a 31-25 win over the Steelers. Rodgers finished the game having hit on 24-of-39 attempts for 304 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, no small feat against what was the league's top defense. After Pittsburgh closed the gap to 21-17, Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on an 8-yard TD in the final quarter that gave the Pack some breathing room 28-17.
Super Bowl XLIV - Drew Brees
The New Orleans quarterback tied Tom Brady's Super Bowl mark with 32 completions in a 31-17 win over the Colts. Brees had 39 attempts for a completion percentage of 82.1, good for second among Super Bowl quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts. Brees, who threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, completed all seven passes to seven different receivers on what proved to be the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl XLIII - Santonio Holmes
In one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history, Santonio Holmes displayed inpeccable balance in the back of the end zone, hauling in a six-yard recption with just 35 seconds remaining. The play gave the Steelers a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals. It was Holmes' fourth catch on the winning 78-yard drive, giving him nine receptions for 131 yards.
Super Bowl XLII - Eli Manning
The younger Manning threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, including the decisive 17-yarder to Plaxico Burress with 39 seconds remaining in the game to give the Giants a 17-14 win over the Patriots. The score capped a 12 play, 83-yard drive, highlighted by David Tyree's 32-yard "helmet" catch on 3rd-and-5 from the Giants' 44.
Super Bowl XLI - Peyton Manning
Other than a highlight-reel 53-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne midway through the opening quarter with a defender draped on him, Peyton Manning spent most of the game leading the Colts up and down the field. He tormented the Chicago defense with several short passes and, when all was said and done, was 25-of-38 for 247 yards in a 29-17 victory.
Super Bowl XL - Hines Ward
Ward's 43-yard touchdown reception from fellow receiver Antwaan Randle-El off a reverse with 8:56 remaining in the game gave the Steelers some breathing room against Seattle. It capped a game in which Ward had 123 yards on five receptions, plus an 18-yard run on a reverse. Pittsburgh won 21-10 over Seattle.
Super Bowl XXXIX - Deion Branch
Branch did not find the end zone in New England's 24-21 win over the Eagles, but he found space in the secondary catching 11 passes for 133 yards. He had all of his receptions by the fourth quarter and the receiver is tied with three others for most catches in a Super Bowl. Branch was at his best when he was on the receiving end of four Tom Brady passes for 71 yards during a drive that gave the Pats their first lead of the game at 14-7.
Super Bowl XXXVIII - Tom Brady
Brady once again led his team on a game-winning drive with the clock winding down. This time, with the score tied and 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, New England started the drive at its own 40. Brady completed all four of his passes for 47 yards leading to an Adam Vinatierri 41-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to give the Patriots a 32-29 win over Carolina. For the game, Brady completed 32-of-48 attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXXVII - Dexter Jackson
Tampa Bay returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Oakland. Yet, Jackson did not have either of them. Rather, he intercepted Rich Gannon on consecutive possessions in the opening half leading directly to 10 points as Tampa Bay soared to 20-3 lead after 30 minutes.
Super Bowl XXXVI - Tom Brady
It's hard to imagine Tom Brady throwing for only 145 yards in any given game - and being awarded for it - But it was a MVP-clinching drive he engineered against the Rams. The drive started at the Pats' own 17 with 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied. Brady proceeded to complete 5-of-6 passes for 53 yards in setting up Adam Vinatierri's 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the New England 20-17 victory.
Super Bowl XXXV - Ray Lewis
Jamal Lewis ran for 102 yards and touchdown and Jermaine Lewis returned a kick 84 yards for a score. Yet it was Ray Lewis who was named MVP. The linebacker did not as much as a force a fumble in the 34-7 throttling of the Giants. His numbers were modest: 3 solo tackles and 3 passes defensed. Nonetheless, the voters opted for the pulse of a fearsome Ravens' defense that limited the Giants to 11 first downs and 152 yards.
Super Bowl XXXIV - Kurt Warner
Warner's 76-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 remaining in the game gave "The Greatest Show on Turf" a 23-16 win over Tennessee. It was Warner's second TD pass during a game in which he set the Super Bowl record with 414 yards passing. Warner, who threw for 277 yards in the opening half, completed 24-of-45 attempts with no INTs.
Super Bowl XXXIII - John Elway
Thirty-eight-year-old John Elway went out on top. He completed 18-of-29 attempts for 336 yards -- then third-most in Super Bowl play -- and had one touchdown passing and rushing in a 34-19 win over Atlanta. His 80-yard TD connection with Rod Smith in the second quarter is tied for the third-longest pass play in Super Bowl annals.
Super Bowl XXXII - Terrell Davis
A one-yard touchdown run by Davis with 1:45 remaining in the game lifted the Broncos to 31-24 win over Green Bay. It was his third TD run in a game in which Davis had 157 yards on 30 carries. His rushing total represented 52 percent of Denver's 302 net yards.
Super Bowl XXXI - Desmond Howard
After the Patriots scored with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter to come within seven points of Green Bay, Howard returned the ensuing kickoff a Super Bowl-record 99 yards for what would be the final points in a game the Packers won, 35-21. Howard totaled 244 yards -- all on kick and punt returns - tying him for the most total yardage in a Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXX - Larry Brown
A deceiving stat in this game is that Troy Aikman and the Dallas offense produced only 254 yards. That number is deceiving because they cashed in on two vital second-half interceptions by Brown. He returned one pick 44 yards to set up the offense at the Steelers' 18-yard line. The corner returned his second interception 33 yards to the Pittsburgh 6. The Cowboys needed to cover only 24 yards to put 14 points on the board in a 27-17 victory. Brown's second INT came when the Cowboys led only 20-17 with a little more than four minutes remaining in the game.
Super Bowl XXIX -- Steve Young
A seven-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice one minute into the fourth quarter was Young's Super Bowl-record sixth. He broke the mark set by former teammate Joe Montana Super Bowl XXIV. Three of the scoring throws in a 49-26 win over the Chargers went to Rice. Young's record highlighted a day in which he completed 24-of-36 attempts for 325 yards in leading the turnover-free 49ers.
Super Bowl XXVIII - Emmitt Smith
Smith's 15-yard touchdown run 6:18 into third quarter snapped a tie and gave the Cowboys 20-13 lead on the Bills, a lead Dallas would not relinquish. The score capped an 8-play, 64-yard drive in which Smith ran the ball seven times. His one-yard TD run a little than five minutes into the fourth quarter gave his team a two touchdown lead and sealed the deal in a 30-13 victory. In addition to his two TDs in this second straight Super Bowl win for the Cowboys, Smith ran for 132 yards on 30 carries.
Super Bowl XXVII - Troy Aikman
Three of Aikman's four touchdown passes came in the opening half when the Cowboys built a 24-10 in what would become a 52-17 romp of Buffalo. In the last two minutes of the first half, Aikman threw scoring strikes of 19 and 18 yards to Michael Irvin to build that 14-point lead. Overall, Aikman was 22-of-30 for 273 yards.
Super Bowl XXVI - Mark Rypien
Mark Rypien threw for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Washington's 37-24 win over the Bills. Rypien's 30-yard TD pass to Gary Clark late in the third quarter upped the Redskins' lead to 31-10 and squashed any hopes of a Buffalo uprising.
Super Bowl XXV - Ottis Anderson
In a game remembered for Scott Norwood's missed field goal as time expired, Anderson and the Giants played keep-away with 40:19 in time of possession during a 20-19 win over Buffalo. Anderson had 21 carries for 102 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that capped a 14-play drive and give the Giants a 17-12 lead.
Super Bowl XXIV - Joe Montana
Montana earned his record third MVP when he threw a then-record five touchdown passes in a 55-10 pasting of the Broncos. The rout started 4:54 into the opening quarter when Montana and Jerry Rice teamed on a 20-yard scoring play. The quarterback would later hit Rice on TD throws of 38 and 28 yards on a day when he compiled 297 yards through the air while completing 22-of-29 attempts.
Super Bowl XXIII - Jerry Rice
Rice set a Super Bowl record with 215 receiving yards in a 20-16 win over the Bengals. He also had 11 receptions, which is tied for the all-time mark. None was bigger than his 14-yard touchdown catch that made the score 13-13 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Rice then had three receptions for 51 yards in the 92-yard, game-winning drive. It was a drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.
Super Bowl XXII - Doug Williams
The only African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Williams led an offense that compiled a SB-record 602 yards in a 42-10 pasting of Denver. Williams, who left the game for one series in the opening quarter after hurting his left knee, completed 18-of-30 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Each of the TD passes came in a 35-point second quarter, including 80- and 50-yard connections with Ricky Sanders. The first one to Sanders came 53 seconds into the quarter and brought the Redskins to within 10-7.
Super Bowl XXI - Phil Simms
Trailing 10-9 early in the third quarter, Simms connected with Mark Bavaro to give the Giants the lead for good en route to a 39-20 win over Denver. Simms set a Super Bowl record by completing 88 percent of his passes (22-of-25), including 10 straight at one point. Simms, who also had a TD pass to Phil McConkey, threw for 268 yards.
Super Bowl XX - Richard Dent
Chicago's defense, under the direction of coordinator Buddy Ryan, put on a remarkable display in a 46-10 blowout of New England. Dent, a fearsome end, had 1.5 of the Bears' seven sacks, forced a pair of fumbles and batted down a pass. He was in on numerous other plays as the unit held the Pats to seven net yards rushing and 123 yards total offense - after having minus-19 yards at the half.
Super Bowl XIX - Joe Montana
Montana joined Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as two-time MVPs. In a 38-16 win over Miami, he threw for what was then a Super Bowl record 331 yards while connecting on 24-of-35 attempts. Three of his completions went for touchdowns and, as he did in Super Bowl XVI, Montana also ran for a score. Montana's eight-yard touchdown pass to Roger Craig and his six-yard TD run less than five minutes later turned a 10-7 second-quarter deficit into 17-10 lead. The 49ers would never look back.
Super Bowl XVIII - Marcus Allen
John Riggins had a front-row seat as his record 166 yards rushing went by the board only a year later as Allen piled up 191 in a 38-9 demolition of the Redskins. Allen, who had 20 carries for an average of 9.5 per tote, scored both of his touchdowns in the third quarter. One of them was a 74-yard sprint as time expired. Riggins, by the way, was held to 64 yards on 26 carries with a long run of eight yards.
Super Bowl XVII - John Riggins
In the 27-17 win over Miami, Washington's bruising back set what is still a Super Bowl-record 38 carries and his 166 yards were tops at the time and still rank third. Riggins' lone touchdown was on a 43-yard burst on fourth-and-one that gave the Redskins a 20-17 lead 4:58 into the fourth quarter. It was Washington's first lead en route to their first title since winning the NFL championship in 1942.
Super Bowl XVI - Joe Montana
In building a 20-0 lead halftime lead, Montana ran for a score and connected with Earl Cooper for another. The big half proved pivotal as the 49ers, who had only two-second half field goals from Ray Wersching, downed the Bengals 26-21. Montana was 14-of-22 for 157 yards and he was not intercepted in what would be the first of his three MVP performances in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XV - Jim Plunkett
In a 27-10 win over the Eagles, Plunkett completed 13-of-21 for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Plunkett threw two TDs in the opening quarter, including one to Kenny King that covered 80 yards in what was the longest scoring play in the first 21 Super Bowls. The MVP award was a great way for Plunkett to cap a season, which started with him as Oakland's backup QB.
Super Bowl XIV - Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw, who overcame three interceptions, duplicated Bart Starr's feat of winning consecutive Super Bowl MVPs. He did so thanks to 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing 14-of-21 passes in a 31-19 win over the L.A. Rams. Both of Bradshaw's TD strikes came in the second half and his average of 14.7 yards per attempt is a Super Bowl record.
Super Bowl XIII - Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw's 318 yards passing marked the highest total in the first 18 Super Bowls. His four touchdowns through the air, then a SB record, led the Steelers to a 35-31 triumph over Dallas. Bradshaw's first two TD passes were of 28 and 75 yards to John Stallworth.
Super Bowl XII - Randy White, co-MVP
From his linebacker position, White harassed Denver quarterbacks Craig Morton and Norris Weese and otherwise helped stuff the Broncos' running agme in a 27-10 Dallas victory. The Cowboys forced eight turnovers and limited the Broncos to 156 net yards.
Super Bowl XII - Harvey Martin, co-MVP
The defensive end shared MVP honors with linebacker Randy White as the Doomsday Defense and the Cowboys throttled Denver, 27-10. Martin's pass rushing helped force the flustered Broncos into eight turnovers, including four interceptions thrown by Craig Morton.
Super Bowl XI - Fred Biletnikoff
The stats by no means jump out of the box score, but of Biletnikoff's (left) four receptions, three of them could not have been more crucial as they set up short touchdowns in Oakland's 32-14 verdict over the Vikings. The receiver finished with 79 yards in the Raiders' first Super Bowl win.
Super Bowl X - Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann's leaping catch as he out-battled Dallas' Mark Washington while falling to the Orange Bowl turf is among the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. It was part of one of the greatest individual efforts in the showcase game as Swann had 161 yards receiving, a mark that is still fourth best. Swann's 64-yard touchdown reception of a Terry Bradshaw bomb with 3:02 remaining in the game proved to be the game-winning points in Pittsburgh's 21-17 win.
Super Bowl IX - Franco Harris
Harris broke Larry Csonka's records from the previous Super Bowl when the Steelers' running back ran 34 times for 158 yards. His nine-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter proved to be the deciding factor in a 16-6 win over Minnesota.
Super Bowl VIII - Larry Csonka
Csonka's five-yard touchdown run less than six minutes into the game set the tone for Miami's 24-7 victory over the Vikings. He added a two-yard run in the fourth quarter that put the Dolphins up 24-0. In this second straight championship for Miami, Csonka set what were then Super Bowl records with 33 carries and 145 yards.
Super Bowl VII - Jake Scott
The safety made a name for himself in a "No-Name Defense" that capped a 17-0 season with a 14-7 win over the Redskins. Scott intercepted two Billy Kilmer passes, including one he snagged in the end zone and returned 55 yards to kill a Washington drive. Thanks in large part to Scott's play, this is still the lowest-scoring Super Bowl.
Super Bowl VI - Roger Staubach
Staubach guided an attack that ran the ball 48 times for 252 yards while chewing up more than 39 minutes in a 24-3 victory over Miami. When he went to the air, the first-year starter completed 12-of-19 attempts for 119 yards with touchdown passes to Lance Alworth and Mike Ditka.
Super Bowl V - Chuck Howley
The Dallas linebacker is the answer to a nice bit of Super Bowl trivia: the only MVP from a losing team. In the Cowboys' 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts, Howley picked off Johnny Unitas twice and recovered a fumble.
Super Bowl IV - Len Dawson
In a game that had barely more than 500 net yards on offense, Dawson was 12-of-17 for 142 yards with one touchdown. His TD pass of 46 yards to Otis Taylor came late in the third quarter and capped the scoring in the Chiefs' 23-7 win over the Vikings.
Super Bowl III - Joe Namath
Broadway Joe lived up to his guarantee as the Jets upset the Colts, 16-7, for the AFL's first Super Bowl victory. Namath was 17-of-28 for 206 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in a game that elevated No. 12 to legendary status. Namath's favorite target was George Sauer, who caught eight passes for 133 yards.
Super Bowl II - Bart Starr
In winning his second Super Bowl MVP, Starr threw for 202 yards and one touchdown in Green Bay's 33-14 win over the Raiders. Starr's touchdown pass, 62 yards to Boyd Dowler, gave the Packers a 13-0 second-quarter lead.
Super Bowl I - Bart Starr
The Green Bay quarterback threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-10 victory over Kansas City. Both of Starr's TD passes in this inaugural showcase were to Max McGee. The first one was a 37-yard connection for the first points in Super Bowl history.