Did Tom Brady deserve the MVP award or should it have gone to another Patriots player?
Adam Solowiei: There is no other player on the New England Patriots roster that could have been the Super Bowl XLIX MVP other than Tom Brady. It is not that he put on the best performance in Super Bowl history but it was solid and superior to his team.
Brady threw for 328 yards while going 37-for-50 in the contest. He threw four touchdowns and did throw two interceptions. The Patriots were down 10 in the fourth quarter and it was his arm that led them to victory. He orchestrated two long fourth quarter touchdown drives.
A single play, even if it was an interception that stopped a Seattle touchdown in the final seconds, does not warrant the award. No disrespect to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, or Rob Gronkowski who all played very well but they are not in the same conversation. Tom Brady, love him or hate him, is why they won and is deserving of the Super Bowl MVP award.
Jeb Taylor: Tom Brady clearly deserved the Super Bowl MVP Award. Due to the Patriots uncharacteristic inability to run the ball, the game was completely on Brady’s shoulders. His 50 passing attempts showed the Patriots affinity for throwing the ball on Super Bowl Sunday. Although Brady did throw two interceptions, no player was remotely close to as valuable as him. He almost single-handedly led the Patriots’ resurgence. 328 yards through the air and four touchdowns showed just how dominant Brady was. Let’s not forget about his game-winning drive before the Seahawks blew the game on the one yard line. This championship and Super Bowl MVP solidifies Brady as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterbacks of all-time.
Bobby Bourhis: Brady was clearly the most deserving player to win Super Bowl MVP. Without falling in love with his stats too much, it is important to briefly examine them. Four touchdown passes on 328 yards passing, and a 74 percent completion percentage. Sure, he had two costly interceptions, but his defense stepped up in a big way and enabled the Patriots to escape with a victory. Football is a team game, especially against a tough opponent like the Seahawks, where every player was needed to pull out this improbable win. Scoring 28 points on the Seahawks defense is no easy task. In fact, the last time a team was able to score at least 28 points against them was back on week 7. Brady orchestrated the offense and played a nearly perfect game down the stretch, which is why he is deserving of the Super Bowl MVP.