After a long period of favorites dominating the Super Bowl, underdogs have roared back to life during the Tom Brady era.
Fantastic quarterback performances often inspire underdogs to victory during the championship game, resulting in the pivot earning a well-deserved MVP nod. Over the 50+ years of NFL history, the five best Super Bowl MVP performances by underdog quarterbacks include big-yard performances and clutch, last-minute, game-winning drives. Will Brady win the coveted award yet again or does an underdog quarterbacks have a chance? A look into straight up playoff picks will help you decide who to back on Sunday.
5. Joe Flacco – 4.5-Point Underdog
Super Bowl XLVII – Baltimore Ravens
Most of the attention surrounding Super Bowl XLVII was placed on Colin Kaepernick, a fast, strong QB who could rush and pass well. Joe Flacco would quickly grab the headlines in the first half, throwing three TDs to lift the Ravens to a 21-6 lead.
Flacco didn’t keep that pace up in the second half, but still finished with 287 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions, resulting in an outstanding 124.2 passer rating. Flacco and Gore ensured that the 49ers were unable to complete a valiant comeback, clinching the MVP for Joe.