The Super Bowl MVP could have been presented to just about anybody on the Seattle Seahawks defense.
Seattle ripped apart Denver during a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks’ defense took over on Denver’s first offensive possession and scored. Seattle proved why it was the NFL’s top defense this season.
After the confetti fell at MetLife Stadium, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was named this year’s Super Bowl MVP. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Smith is the first defensive player to be named Super Bowl MVP since Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Smith was a key component on Seattle’s defense and recorded nine tackles on Sunday. His biggest impact occurred when he returned an interception 69-yard for a touchdown, plus he recovered a fumble.
However, the award could have been given to safety Kam Chancellor, who led the team in tackles and recorded an interception. Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril had two quarterback hits and broke up two passes. A case could even be made for cornerback Richard Sherman, was locked down every receiver who lined up against him.
Smith received the individual award, but it was a team effort.
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