Super Bowl XXIV: Joe Montana wins third Super Bowl MVP in 49ers 55-10 win over Broncos

Joe Montana made it look so easy, the thought of Super Bowl XXIV being his last trip to the big game never crossed anyone’s mind. Montana won his record third Super Bowl MVP award in the San Francisco 49ers’ 55-10 blowout of the Denver Broncos, the most lopsided final score in the history of the Super Bowl. And, as the saying goes, it was not as close as that ridiculous score indicated. Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a Super Bowl record five touchdowns with zero interceptions. The Broncos barely touched Montana all game. Denver was credited with one sack, but it was when Montana ran out of bounds at the line of scrimmage. READ THE SUPER BOWL XXIV GAME STORY FROM THE DAILY NEWS ARCHIVES The Niners tied the Pittsburgh Steelers with four Super Bowl victories and became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls with different head coaches as George Seifert took over for Bill Walsh, who retired after the Niners’ victory in Super Bowl XXIII. The Broncos lost in the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons and fourth overall, which tied them with the Minnesota Vikings for the most Super Bowl losses. Montana became the third player to be named the Associated Press NFL MVP and win Super Bowl MVP in the same season, joining Bart Starr (1966) and Terry Bradshaw (1978). The Niners scored touchdowns on six of their first eight possessions. The only thing that went wrong for the Niners was when Mike Cofer missed an extra point in the first quarter that kept Denver within 13-3. Montana actually threw incomplete on his first two passes. He set a Super Bowl record with 13 straight completions over the second and third quarters. Jerry Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards and a Super Bowl-record three receiving touchdowns. The Niner defense, already a powerful unit that had added two-time Super Bowl-winning linebacker Matt Millen before the season, held John Elway to 10-for-26 passing and 108 yards with two Continue Reading

Malcolm Smith, Super Bowl MVP, leads ‘bunch of misfits’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll beamed the smile of Super Bowl-winning validation half an hour after his top-ranked defense's 43-8 demolition of Peyton Manning and his record-breaking Denver offense."That's the way we play football,'' Carroll said. "I'm proud that that is the way we put our stamp on this world championship."Mostly, we played football the way we like to play. We got pressure up front and guys got great plays on the ball.'' CLOCKWORK: Seahawks' Super win almost scripted SHERMAN: Seahawks CB full of smiles after winNo one did that better than Super Bowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned a second-quarter interception 69 yards for a touchdown to become the first defensive player to earn Super Bowl MVP honors since Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson in Super Bowl XXXVII.The suffocating Seahawks defense intercepted Manning twice, forced two Denver fumbles and ran into some good fortune when center Manny Ramirez couldn't hear Manning's cadence and sailed the snap over his head, resulting in a first-play safety."It's unbelievable,'' Smith said. "I'm in shock. We expected a great fight from them. We kind of just dominated the game."To be in the Super Bowl and dominate the game says a lot about our group. We spend a lot of time together."We kind of have a chip on our shoulder, a lot of guys got overlooked, a bunch of misfits, a bunch of guys who it was said wouldn't be anything.''Now they hoisted the first Lombardi Trophy in the 38-year history of the Seahawks."Obviously, Peyton is a great quarterback who gets the ball out fast,'' Smith said. "But we play with a speed they haven't seen before.'' ARMOUR: Seattle triumph validates Carroll's fun bunch REPORT CARDS: Seahawks pass with flying colorsNo kidding.So it was a Smith, the versatile, third-year linebacker who played at the University of Southern California, where Carroll won two national titles, who is going to Disneyworld instead of quarterback Continue Reading

Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens agree on new deal, and source says it makes QB highest-paid player in NFL history

Joe Flacco isn't just an elite NFL quarterback. Now, he's the league's highest-paid signal-caller. On Friday, one month after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title, Flacco, who dared to say he's "the best” quarterback in the league before the season, agreed to terms with the Ravens on a new deal. According to a source, it's a six-year deal, and it will make Flacco the highest-paid player in NFL history. Flacco will finalize the deal Monday at the Ravens practice facility. If a deal hadn’t been in place by March 5, it’s likely that the Ravens would have placed the franchise tag on the reigning Super Bowl MVP to prevent him from reaching free agency. Flacco and agent Joe Linta had been seeking a monster deal, one that may have made the 28-year-old Audubon, N.J., product the richest signal-caller in the league after turning down a Ravens extension last offseason. While Flacco lacked the outsized numbers of bigger names such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Linta spent all season pointing to his quarterback’s postseason success, which included two visits to the AFC title game even before this year’s run. Then, Flacco backed Linta’s boasts by tossing 11 TDs and not a single interception while leading the Ravens on a surprising run to the Super Bowl. Afterward, he joked that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti would have to pay up – and that’s exactly what Bisciotti did. Flacco was an obvious offseason priority for the Ravens, who drafted him in 2008 and watched him blossom with each progressing season. While he’s never enjoyed one of those phenomenal 4,000-yard passing seasons, he has started every game since he arrived in Baltimore, and he has never thrown more than 12 interceptions in a regular season. He’s the only QB in NFL history with a postseason win in each of his first five seasons in the league, and he also has a record six postseason career road victories. The prospect of losing Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo outplays two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning on his own turf in NFL opener

On a night of pomp and pageantry, when the Giants expected quarterback Eli Manning to play like a two-time Super Bowl MVP, he got upstaged at his own house and at his own party by his NFC East foil, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. PHOTOS: GIANTS FALL IN FIRST DEFENSE OF SUPER BOWL TITLE Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Eli Manning has a rough go of things Wednesday. They certainly did just that on Wednesday night. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Giants’ Eli Manning vs. Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers will be first matchup of Super Bowl MVPs in NFL playoffs

Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers will make history at Lambeau Field on Sunday: They will be the first Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks to start against each other in the playoffs after winning the award. Manning won it after taking the Giants on a last-minute drive to beat the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII four years ago. Rodgers won it last year in leading the Packers over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.Roger Staubach had a Super Bowl MVP when he faced Terry Bradshaw, but Bradshaw didn’t have his Super MVP until after he faced Dallas a second time. By the time Steve Young won his Super Bowl MVP, he had already faced Troy Aikman in the playoffs three times. Peyton Manning hasn’t faced Tom Brady in the playoffs since winning his Super Bowl MVP following the 2006 season.Joe Montana winning it three times and Bradshaw, Brady and Bart Starr winning it twice. Eli has been carrying the torch for the Manning family’s Super Bowl MVPs with big brother Peyton out for the year following his third neck surgery in 19 months. Eli Manning put even more pressure on himself in the summer when he declared he was an elite quarterback. But he’s backed it up. It was so out of character for Manning to brag on himself that it caught his older brother Cooper off guard. “It did surprise me he answered it head on, but I didn’t disagree. I’m proud of him,” Cooper said from his New Orleans office Wednesday. “Usually with something like that, he is a little more vague. I guess the vague answer is what everybody anticipated. They got more of a straight-up answer and it created a buzz.” Cooper is the comedian of the Manning brothers. Peyton has lots of personality. Eli is Eli. “If you have a flamboyant guy, what he said doesn’t mean much,” Cooper said. “Eli is a soft-spoken guy and it gets more newsworthy. I’m sure if Eli had it back, he would have phrased it differently and ignored all Continue Reading

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning manages to remain humble as he marches down Canyon of Heroes in ticker tape parade

He could have pounded his chest and boasted and bragged. The two-time Super Bowl MVP could have smirked like Tom Brady, the all-everything quarterback, whom he had defeated just 48 hours earlier. He could have hogged the spotlight; after all, he did just finish off the finest season of his career by carrying the Lombardi Trophy to the City Hall stage.Eli Manning could have said anything to the crowd gathered at City Hall on Tuesday, the crowd hanging onto his every word. But the aw-shucks quarterback of the newly-crowned NFL champion New York Giants didn’t. He was more than content to quote his coach, and thank everyone who believed in Big Blue in those dark moments in late November, when the season seemed to be slipping Tom Coughlin’s key messages for the season, Manning said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Giants’ Eli Manning mum on whether he is elite quarterback after winning Super Bowl MVP award

INDIANAPOLIS — He started Super Bowl XLVI with a record-setting nine straight completions. He ended the game the way he has finished so many others: By leading the Giants to a come-from-behind victory. When it was all over, Eli Manning was just the same as he’s always been. He collected his second Super Bowl MVP award after guiding the Giants to a 21-17 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday night. But he refused to bask in the glory that even his teammates said he deserves. Was he elite? The quarterback who famously put himself in that class of quarterbacks in a preseason interview didn’t care to revisit the topic this time. “That’s not a question for a quarterback to answer,” he said. “That’s a question for reporters and media. Ya’ll can debate that all you want. I just know we’re world champions tonight.” It was left to Brandon Jacobs to make that proclamation for Manning, the fifth two-time Super Bowl MVP. “Eli is the best quarterback in the National Football League, hands down,” Jacobs said. “Everyone always says, ‘You’re not this, you’re not that,’ until you win Super Bowls, but now he’s got two. Does this make him the best quarterback in the National Football League? “Drew Brees is a good quarterback; he’s at home. Aaron Rodgers is a good quarterback; he’s at home. Tom Brady’s a good quarterback; he’s at home. Eli beat him twice!” For large portions of Super Bowl XLVI, Manning made this second win look easy. He completed 30 of 40 attempts for 296 yards and had his sixth fourth-quarter comeback this season. He has become so cool and efficient at leading the Giants back from deficits that this latest drive almost felt ho-hum.Mario Manningham down the left sideline, and finished it by handing off to Ahmad Bradshaw for an anticlimactic go-ahead TD. “There at the Continue Reading

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl MVP, arrested for drunk driving

Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward - a former Super Bowl MVP and "Dancing with the Stars" champion - was busted early Saturday for drunk driving, officials said.Ward was nabbed just after 3:30 a.m. in suburban Atlanta and charged with driving under the influence, said the DeKalb County's sheriff's office. He was released on $1,300 bond.Ward, 35, has played 13 years with the Steelers, winning two championships. He was named Super Bowl MVP after the Steelers' 2006 title game victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Ward, the Steelers all-time leading receiver, has been selected to four Pro Bowls and has been widely praised for his toughness, though he also has had to fend off opponents' claims of dirty play.His Steelers lost the Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers this past February, but it was not a totally lost year for Ward. He and his dance partner Kym Johnson won this season's "Dancing with the Stars" competition in March. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers dating ‘Gossip Girl’ star Jessica Szohr? Just ‘friends,’ claims rep

Could Aaron Rodgers' Super Bowl good luck charm have been a "Gossip Girl"?Jessica Szohr, one of the lead actresses on the CW series, has been spotted with the Green Bay Packers quarterback several times since December, prompting speculation that the two might be a couple.Philadelphia on what described as a "date" with the Super Bowl MVP's teammate, Brett Goode, and another woman.Dallas for Sunday's Super Bowl. She also played in the DirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl the day before, where she admitted to E! Online she was "rooting for the Packers."Wisconsin native.Ed Westwick.ESPN reporter and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Erin Andrews, as well as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Julie Henderson and Lady Antebellum songstress Hillary Scott. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Giants make Eli Manning richest QB in NFL; Super Bowl MVP agrees to 6-year, $97.5M extension

ALBANY - The Giants are about to make Eli Manning the NFL's highest-paid player, and as far as they're concerned, he's worth every penny.The 28-year-old quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP has agreed to terms on a new deal that will pay him $106.9 million over the next seven years, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. He'll get a six-year, $97.5 million extension on his current contract, which calls for him to earn $9.4 million this season.It's not the largest deal in NFL history, but the average of $15.27 million between now and 2015 when the deal expires is an NFL record. The total package also will make Manning the eighth member of the $100 million-quarterback club.The contract - which is expected to include $35 million in guaranteed money and pay him $41 million over the first two seasons - had not been finalized or signed as of yesterday, although Giants GM Jerry Reese said he was "hopeful" that the deal would be done soon. When asked if Manning deserves the money being discussed, Reese didn't hesitate."Sure he does," Reese said. "He's a franchise quarterback. He's come in, he takes a lot of flak from (the media) and he just keeps going. He does what we ask him to do on the field. He does what we ask him to do off the field. He's a good football player."The deal has been in the works since late last year, as the Daily News first reported in January. The talks, however, had gotten off to a slow start. According to one NFL source, Manning's agent, Tom Condon, was initially seeking a deal worth around $20 million per season, at which the Giants balked.The team knew it would eventually have to make Manning a $100 million man and pay him more than the $14 million per year that his brother, Peyton, gets from the Indianapolis Colts (on a seven-year, $98 million deal signed in 2004). That was the highest average for an NFL quarterback, and it was the highest overall in the NFL until the Oakland Raiders signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this spring to Continue Reading