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Super Bowl MVP 2016: Key Stats, Twitter Reaction and More for Von Miller

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) rushes against Carolina Panthers tackle Mike Remmers (74) in the second quarter in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Von Miller brought the noise, facilitated the Denver Broncos' first score of the game and ultimately set the tone for a 24-10 Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers to take home MVP honors.

According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Miller became the 10th defensive player in Super Bowl history to take home the coveted individual hardware. He also joined Ray Lewis, Malcolm Smith and Chuck Howley as the only linebackers to win the award, per ESPN Stats & Info

On Monday, he was officially presented with the MVP trophy, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News:

Vic Carucci @viccarucci

Roger Goodell presents MVP trophy for #SB50 to Von Miller. https://t.co/Ic6dj6slg9

When accepting the trophy, Miller told reporters the award was "special, but the Super Bowl ring is more special," adding, "I'll be with my brothers for eternity."

All told, Miller finished with 2.5 sacks, six total tackles, two quarterback hits, a defended pass and two crucial strips of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

"He was the MVP and deservedly so," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, per ESPN.com's David Newton

Miller's first hit on Newton sent the pigskin tumbling to the turf and into the waiting arms of Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson to give Denver a 10-0 lead right out of the chute. 

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Then, with the Panthers in possession of the ball and a chance to make it a three-point game or take the lead outright, Miller came up with his second strip-sack and set up a C.J. Anderson rushing touchdown just plays later, per the NFL on Twitter:

NFL @NFL

VON MILLER CANNOT BE STOPPED He strips Cam Newton again & gives #Broncos incredible field position! #Broncos #SB50 https://t.co/kq5LVFAGB6

NFL Network's Albert Breer put Miller's display in perspective: 

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Von Miller basically scored 14 of the 34 total points on the board today.

Miller was arguably the NFL's most dominant pass-rusher all season long, and his stellar performance continued under the bright Super Bowl lights.

"We just wanted to be the Orange Rush and it worked for us today," Miller said, per the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe

Beyond the raw numbers, Miller empowered the Broncos front seven to do something few teams did during the 2015 season: consistently pressure Newton and make him throw in a hurry. The Broncos' pass rushers were so dominant that they tied a Super Bowl record with seven sacks, per SportsCenter on Twitter. 

"I wish I could cut this award in pieces and give it to my guys," Miller said, according to Wolfe

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Broncos' defense played so well it masked many of the offense's shortcomings: 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Broncos are the 8th team to gain fewer than 200 yards in a Super Bowl The previous 7 all lost https://t.co/LTkxZGSF1j

Despite the strong showing from the Denver defense, Miller didn't want to speak on the unit's place among the sport's all-time best, telling reporters Monday he didn't want to "slight history."

Now that the hardware is in Miller's hand, it's time for the impending free agent to get paid, according to ESPN.com's Field Yates and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: 

Field Yates @FieldYates

Von Miller's price tag as a free agent this offseason: blank check.

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Von 💰Miller

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Broncos will likely slap Miller with the franchise tag in order to carve out a one-year negotiating window without the risk of losing him this spring in free agency, and it's hard to see them deviating from that plan now. 

On Monday, Miller discussed his future, telling reporters he believes talks with the Broncos will be "peaceful."

Miller is the heartbeat of Denver's league-best defense, and his performance Sunday allowed quarterback Peyton Manning to play below his elite standards and still emerge with a second ring in hand. 

The scary thing is, this might just be the beginning of Miller's reign of terror as the Broncos get set to plan their title defense. 

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