The Seattle Seahawks claimed Super Bowl XLVIII by dismantling the Denver Broncos 43-8. By the third quarter, the MVP race was the only drama-filled question remaining.
In the end, linebacker Malcolm Smith walked away as the game’s MVP by scoring a touchdown off of an interception and recovering a fumble. Although Smith and the defense set the tone, Super Bowl’s are games for quarterbacks.
Wilson finished the game with two touchdowns, 26 rushing yards and a passer rating 123.1. In last year’s Super Bowl, Joe Flacco won the MVP with numbers that were identical to Wilson’s. Flacco threw three touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 124.2.
It’s highly likely that Peyton Manning would’ve won the MVP with similar numbers if the Broncos would’ve came out victorious.
While the sports writers who voted for the Super Bowl MVP wanted to reward an outstanding defensive performance by the Seahawks, they ignored history by snubbing the quarterback who outplayed the best signal caller in the NFL.