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I Wuz Robbed! -- Super Bowl MVP Edition

It isn't just the Oscars that get it wrong. Here's 10 times the Super Bowl MVP went to the wrong guy.

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The Super Bowl MVP usually goes to a quarterback or running back. This year it went to linebacker Malcolm Smith. He had a 69 yard interception for a touchdown, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed, and nine total tackles. But, Smith was only on the field for only 34 of 69 snaps.

Kam Chancellor was on the field the whole game, and as the "lurk" defender, took away Denver's inside crossing patterns and neither Eric Decker nor Demaryius Thomas had any impact for Denver.

Here are ten more overlooked MVPs from past Super Bowls:

1. Super Bowl I

MVP: Bart Starr. He threw for 250 yards, had two TDs (both to McGee) and one interception.

Shoulda Been: Max McGee. He caught seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Throughout the game, the veteran McGee shredded the Chiefs’ secondary and was the key player in the Packers win.

2. Super Bowl VII

MVP: Jake Scott. He had two interceptions.

Shoulda Been: Manny Fernandez. He had one of the most dominant games by a defensive tackle in NFL history. -- 17 tackles and one sack. His quickness was too much to handle for Washington center Len Hauss, and Fernandez made play after play to stymie the Redskins' attack.

3. Super Bowl XI

MVP: Fred Biletnikoff. He caught only four passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns. Biletnikoff is the only pass catcher to be named Super Bowl MVP who didn’t top 100 yards or reach the end zone.

Shoulda Been: Gene Upshaw and Art Shell. The Raiders had 266 yards rushing (5.1 yards-per-rush). Clarence Davis alone gained 137 yards on only 16 carries, (8.5 yards-per-rush). Upshaw and Shell completely shut out Minnesota Vikings Hall-of-Famer Jim Marshall with no tackles.

4. Super Bowl III

MVP: Joe Namath. Namath was 17/28 for 206 yards with no TD passes.

Shoulda Been: Matt Snell. Snell scored the Jets only touchdown of the game and rushed for 121 yards against the NFL’s most dominant defense that year. If that isn’t enough, the Jets didn’t throw a single pass in the entire fourth quarter. The Colts simply couldn't stop Snell. He allowed the AFL champion Jets to control the clock and lead the AFL to their first Super Bowl win.

5. Super Bowl XXXI

MVP: Desmond Howard. Won the MVP almost entirely on his 99-yd kickoff return TD.

Shoulda Been: Reggie White. His three sacks (all in the second half) are still a Super Bowl record. Two of the sacks came on back-to-back plays. Reggie White singlehandedly prevented Drew Bledsoe from getting the Patriots back into the game.

6. Super Bowl XXVIII

MVP: Emmit Smith. 30 carries 132 yards 2 TD.

Shoulda Been: James Washington. He made 11 tackles, forced a fumble, and in the opening minute of the third quarter, with the Bills leading 13-6, Washington ran back a Thurman Thomas fumble 46 yards for a touchdown, tying the game 13-13. The Cowboys never trailed after that and won the game 30-13.

7. Super Bowl XV

MVP: Jim Plunkett. 13/21 for 261 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT

Shoulda Been: Rod Martin. Plunkett had a great game but Martin set a Super Bowl record with three interceptions. His initial pick came on Eagles QB Ron Jaworski's first pass of the game and set up Oakland's first touchdown of the game. The Raiders could've won with a lesser QB that day, but they couldn't have won without Martin.

8. Super Bowl XXXVII

MVP: Dexter Jackson. Two interceptions.

Shoulda Been: Dwight Smith. Both Dexter Jackson and Dwight Smith each picked off two passes in the big game. But Smith was the first player in Super Bowl history to return two interception for touchdowns.

9. Super Bowl XXXIX

MVP: Deion Branch. 11 catches, 133 yards.

Shoulda Been: Rodney Harrison. He had two passes defensed, a sack, seven solo tackles, and intercepted Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb twice. Three points was the difference in each of New England's Super Bowl wins. It’s remarkable that no defensive player was ever MVP.

10. Super Bowl XVI

MVP: Joe Montana 14/22 157 yards 1 TD

Shoulda Been: Eric Wright. As a lifelong 49er fan, this one hurts to admit, but Eric Wright easily could’ve been MVP instead of Joe Montana. Wright recovered a first half fumble which set up the 49ers’ Super Bowl record 92 yard touchdown drive (Montana’s sole TD pass to Earl Cooper) increasing their lead to 14–0. Later, with under five minutes left in the game, Wright returned an interception for 25 yards. The 49ers then ran the ball 3 minutes off the clock, advanced to the Cincinnati 6-yard line, and kicker Ray Wersching hit his fourth field goal to put the game out of reach at 26–14 with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

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