Julian Edelman of the New England bagged the MVP award for the 10 receptions from 141 yards in the Super Bowl Llll. You might think that this must have made him enter the 50 most great performance recorded. However, unfortunately, it was not. The performance level in the Super Bowl is not defined merely by the MVP honors. There are even other factors also which are taken into consideration. This includes the stat records, contribution made to the team as a whole and the adverse situations which the player had to face.
It will never be easy to evaluate the performance and list it down. However, these are the 30 best performances recorded over the last 50 years.
30. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants in the Super Bowl XLVI
Manning played quite wonderfully without any mistake when needed. He is known for playing and letting the team win in big games.
29. Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLVIII
Smith intercepted the pass of Peyton Manning and ran almost 69 yards for the touchdown. Not only this he even recovered a fumble and made nine tackles.
28. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LI
He is known to make the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl history.
27. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 50
He played a vital role in to Broncos domination over the Panthers. He made six tackles, two and a half sacks along with two forced fumbles.
26. Emmitt Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl XXVIII
In this game, Smith came rushing for 132 yards on 30 carries and scored two impressive touchdowns.
25. Jim Plunkett, QB, Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl XV
It was a revival experience for Plunkett as he threw for 261 yards and managed three touchdowns.
24. Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl XLIII
Holmes impressively caught the nine passes for 131 yards. Even, he kept his toes in bounds for the last game-winning score.
23. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl XLV
It was seen that the Rodgers accounted well for all his team’s offence.
22. Troy Aikman, QB, Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl XXVII
Aikman beautifully threw four touchdown passes.
21. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl LII
Foles played the game of his life by throwing three touchdowns and even catching another.
20. Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl XIII
Bradshaw stood strong and put his best Super Bowl performance by throwing for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
19. Richard Dent, DE, Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl XX
Dent had 1.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He even blocked a pass.
18. Desmond Howard, KR/PR, Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl XXXI
Howard is the only player recorded whose name is in the Super Bowl MVP because of his special teams work.
17. Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl XXIV
Montana made five touchdowns. It is the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.
16. Marcus Allen, RB, Los Angeles Raiders in the Super Bowl XVIII
Allen ran for 191 yards on 20 carries. He even made a 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
15. Steve Young, QB, San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl XXIX
Six touchdown passes made the record of the Super Bowl.
14. Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl XXXIV
He passed for around 414 yards.
13. Larry Csonka, RB, Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl VIII
Larry confidently accounted for almost all the opponent’s offence.
12. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants in the Super Bowl XLII
Manning gave a gutsy performance in the Super Bowl.
11. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots in the Super Bowl XXXVIII
Brady was engaged in a shootout came away victorious.
10. Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl IX
Harris rushed for winning 158 yards.
9. Doug Williams, QB, Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl XXII
Williams gave a dominant performance which included four touchdowns.
8. John Riggins, RB, Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl XVII
John rushed for 166 yards. He even made the most clutch down carry.
7. Harvey Martin/Randy White, DL, Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl XII
Martin and White are the only co-MVPs in Super Bowl history.
6. Phil Simms, QB, New York Giants in the Super Bowl XXI
Simms threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
5. Joe Namath, QB, New York Jets in the Super Bowl III
Namath played like a pro as per his own play rules.
4. Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl XIX
Joe Cool rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He even ran for 59 yards to get another score.
3. Terrell Davis, RB, Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl XXXII
Davis rushed for 157 yards on 30 carries even though he was suffering from migraine.
2. Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl X
The Super Bowl highlight reels well reflect his expertise.
1. Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl XXIII
Rice did catch 11 passes and scored a touchdown. He even made a clutch at the same time.