Not to be confused with the MVP Award going to one player, but game balls usually go to a few players that shined on their team. By the way, controversial pass play at the end of the game or not, hats off to a great chess match between coaches Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.
New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady gets the Super Bowl MVP Award for the 3rd time, overcoming a pair of picks without much of a run game to hoist his 4th Lombardi Trophy.
Stats: 37/50, completed 74%, 328 yards, 4 touchdowns, 101.1 rating
WR Julian Edelman was huge, playing through a noticeable hip issue with crafty work to navigate through Seattle’s best secondary.
Stats: 9 catches on 12 targets, 109 yards, 1 touchdown
CB Malcolm Butler jumped the slant pass on a surprising play call, sealing the deal in the biggest game as an undrafted rookie.
Stats: 3 tackles, 3 passes defended, game-winning interception in the endzone
LB Jamie Collins was all over the field and even had the assignment of spying Russell Wilson.
Stats: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists
RB Marshawn Lynch activated beast mode and the work horse was tough to bring down as usual, you bet he’s upset about not getting another carry to win the game.
Stats: 24 carries, 102 yards, 4.3 average, 31-yard catch, 1 touchdown
WR Chris Matthews was a huge threat downfield with that vertical leap, not bad for someone that went undrafted and got Most Improved Player of the CFL back in 2012.
Stats: 4 catches on 5 targets, 109 yards, 1 touchdown
DL Michael Bennett wrecked havoc in the trenches by collapsing the pocket, his activity does the stat sheet absolutely no justice.
Stats: 2 solo tackles, 4 QB hits
LB Bobby Wagner roamed sideline to sideline which is why he even got a vote for MVP, nothing got passed arguably the best middle linebacker in the game.
Stats: 12 total tackles, 10 solo, 2 assists, 1 pass defensed, 1 interception