When you are a three-time Super Bowl MVP, it’s almost splitting hairs when it comes to naming your best performance in the Big Game.
There are plenty of cases to be made for other quarterbacks here. But the nod goes to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and his sensational performance in his team’s 38-16 rout of the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. That afternoon in Palo Alto, California, the future Hall of Famer proved he could beat a defense in many ways.
The Niners field general completed 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards and three scores. He also added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown as Bill Walsh’s club rolled up 537 yards of total offense. It was a fitting finish for the team, which had gone 15-1 during the regular season en route to the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.
Yes, there’s plenty to choose from in this category. In 47 Super Bowls, the quarterback has been named MVP 26 times.
49ers quarterback Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to beat the San Diego Chargers (XXIX), and Montana threw for five to beat the Denver Broncos 24 years ago (XXIV).
Elsewhere, New York Giants signal-caller Phil Simms hit on 88 percent of his throws (22-of-25) when his team beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, 39-20. And Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXII in drubbing the Broncos, 42-10.
Who could forget Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams holding on for a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome? Warner threw for a pair of touchdowns and a total of 414 yards, which remains a Super Bowl record.
Still, we will take Montana in his second Super Bowl appearance. When it comes to these other performances, though, there are no losers here.