15. Peyton Manning – Superbowl XLI
Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the Colts’ 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. The real star of the show here might have been the Colt’s defense, as they intercepted Rex Grossman twice in the game.
14. Malcolm Smith – Superbowl XLVIII
Don’t you just love seeing defensive players on this list? Smith earns his spot in history because of a interception return for a touchdown to give the Seahawks a three-score lead in the second quarter.
13. Hines Ward – Superbowl XL
Ward caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers’ 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Ward was the receiver on the game-clinching 43-yard scoring pass from fellow receiver Antwaan Randle El on a trick play.
12. Deion Branch – Superbowl XXXIX
A Patriot that isn’t Tom Brady! Branch caught 11 passes for 133 yards in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. This win (and performance) gave the New England Patriots back to back Superbowl victories.
11. Tom Brady – Superbowl XXXVI
The Patriots claimed a 20-17 victory over the physical St. Louis Rams. The Patriots entered the game as 14-point underdogs. Brady completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards.
10. Eli Manning – Superbowl XLVI
Manning shows up on the list again with a completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown, earning the Giants’ a 21-17 victory, once again, over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
9. Santonio Holmes – Superbowl XLIII
The Arizona Cardinals had taken a 23-20 lead on Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown reception with just over 2 minutes to play. But thanks in part to Holmes’ 3 catches, the Steelers drove into scoring position. Holmes’ game-winning grab over leaping defensive backs sealed the deal.
8. Von Miller – Superbowl 50
Miller didn’t have just one, he had 2 strip sacks on league MVP quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers in a dominant Superbowl performance. Miller was the driver behind an all time great Broncos defense.
7. Tom Brady Superbowl XLIX
The man, the myth, the legend. Here he is again. In what was one of the most dramatic 4th quarters of all time, Brady completed 13 of 15 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots overcame a 24-14 deficit to beat the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Fun fact, no quarterback has averaged so few yards per completion (8.9) as Brady did in this game.
6. Tom Brady – Superbowl XXXVIII
Funny seeing this name again. Not really. Tom will even show up again on this list. In this offensive shootout of a game, Brady completed 32 of 48 passes for 354 yards and three scores overall to claim a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
5. Eli Manning Superbowl – XLII
Manning showed up here in the 4th quarter. Big time. It took a lot to beat out the previously undefeated New England Patriots. Giants receiver David Tyree’s catch against his helmet for a 32-yard gain will forever live in the mind of all Patriots fans.
4. Aaron Rodgers – Superbowl XLV
Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three scores with no turnovers during the Packers’ 31-25 victory over the defense heavy Pittsburgh Steelers.
3. Drew Brees – Superbowl XLIV
With the Saints trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, Brees connected on all pass attempts, finishing the drive with a TD pass, and a successful two-point conversion toss as New Orleans took the lead for good.
2. Joe Flacco – Superbowl XLVII
We all remember the literal blackout that happened in this Superbowl, right? The blackout seemed to be the only thing that could slow Flacco down during the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over San Francisco. The 49ers defense finished among the top in the league in all categories, but again, couldn’t slow down Flacco. He finished the game 22-33 for 287 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs.
1. Tom Brady – Superbowl LI
What more is there to say? Tom Brady is the most iconic Superbowl player of all time, and in this game, he lead his team back from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons to win his 5th SuperBowl and 4th SuperBowl MVP. This comeback was one of the great comebacks in all of sports history. Brady set Super Bowl passing records for yards (466) and attempts (62).