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Top Five Super Bowl MVPs Of All Time

With Super Bowl XLVII right around the corner, we take a look back at the best performances of the past on the biggest stage in the NFL.

The list consists of the five best performances in the Super Bowl history by players named the MVP.
#1 Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX

#1 Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX

Playing in the shadow of Montana did nothing but motivate Young in San Francisco with the longtime backup taking over and finally showing what he could do on the NFL's biggest stage with a historic performance against the San Diego Chargers. Young passed for 325 yards and six touchdowns breaking Montana's record set five years earlier. San Francisco were able to cruise to victory as a result of Young's dominance beating the Chargers, 49-26.

#2 Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIV

#2 Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIV

In one of the most lopsided wins in Super Bowl history, Hall of Famer Joe Montana shined the brightest passing for 297 yards and a Super Bowl record at the time with five touchdowns. The 49ers went on to destroy the Broncos, 55-10.

#3 Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII

#3 Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII

Coming into Super Bowl XXXII, the Broncos were looking to finally end the drought on the biggest stage in the NFL and award John Elway with a ring. One of the main reasons for the team's success was Davis having a the game of his life rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns setting a Super Bowl record for rushing touchdowns. Broncos were able to get the best of Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers, 31-24.

#4 Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIII

#4 Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIII

Although Rice may have had better performances in the Super Bowl with three touchdowns in both of the two other appearances by the Hall of Famer, arguably the greatest wide receiver of all-time wasn't named Super Bowl MVP until racking up a record 215 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. Rice finally out shined Montana with the 49ers topping the Bengals, 20-16.

#5 Phil Simms, New York Giants Super Bowl XXI

#5 Phil Simms, New York Giants Super Bowl XXI

As arguably the most efficient quarterback in Super Bowl history, Simms threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns finishing with an incredible passer rating of 150.92 and a completion percentage of 88. The Giants went onto beat John Elway's Denver Broncos, 39-20.

Phillip Barnett is the Senior NFL Editor at Sports City and is currently suffering through a decade long (and counting) playoff drought from the Oakland Raiders.

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