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