Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Curse – It Does Happen!

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By Marc Lawrence of Playbook.com

When the Denver Broncos upended the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, it might not have been all that surprising to history lovers. Not when winning the NFL MVP award has been a kiss of death for quarterbacks in Super Bowl games.

And when it comes to the biggest game the NFL has to offer, our well-oiled database confirms the fact that MVP winning quarterbacks have struggled in the big game since the inception of the Super Bowl in 1967.

It can safely be stated that these MVP trophy winners have suffered a fate similar to Heisman Trophy winners in bowl games, as MVP winners are just 19-25 SU (straight up) and 12-31-1 ATS (against the spread) in postseason games dating back to 1974.

Here is the league record of same season NFL QB MVP’s playing in Super Bowl games throughout the history of the NFL’s crown jewel:

67 – SB I – Bart Starr – Packers (-14) 35, Chiefs 10 – win and cover

69 – SB III – Earl Morrall – Colts (-18) 7, Jets 16 – lose no cover

79 – SB XIII – Terry Bradshaw – Steelers (-3.5) 35, Cowboys 31 – win and cover

82 – SB XVI – Ken Anderson – Bengals (+1) 21, 49ers 26 lose no cover

84 – SB XVIII – Joe Theismann – Redskins (-3) 9, Raiders 38 – lose no cover

85 – SB XIX – Dan Marino – Dolphins (+3.5) 16, 49ers 38 – lose no cover

88 – SB XXII – John Elway – Broncos (-3) 10, Redskins 42 – lose no cover

89 – SB XXIII – Boomer Esiason – Bengals (+7) 16, 49ers 20 – lose and cover

90 – SB XXIV – Joe Montana 49ers (-12) 55, Broncos 10 – win and cover

95 – SB XXIX – Steve Young 49ers (-18.5) 49, Chargers 26 – win and cover

97 – SB XXXI – Brett Favre – Packers (-14) 35, Patriots 21 – win and push

98 – SB XXXII – Brett Favre – Packers (-11) 24, Broncos 31 – lose no cover

00 – SB XXXIV – Kurt Warner – Rams (-7) 23, Titans 16 – win and push

02 – SB XXXVI – Kurt Warner – Rams (-14) 17, Patriots 20 – lose no cover

03 – SB XXXVII – Rich Gannon – Raiders (-4) 21, Buccaneers 48 – lose no cover

08 – SB XLII – Tom Brady – Patriots (-12) 14, Giants 17 – lose no cover

10 – SB XLIV – Peyton Manning – Colts (-5) 17, Saints 31 – lose no cover

14 – SB XLVIII – Peyton Manning – Broncos (-2) 8, Seahawks 43 – lose no cover

16 – SB 50 – Cam Newton – Panthers (-4.5) 10, Broncos 24 – lose no cover

17 – SB LI – Matt Ryan – Falcons (+3) 28, Patriots 34 – lose no cover

Collectively these NFL MVP Super Bowl quarterbacks are 6-14 SU and 5-13-2 ATS in all games, including 0-7 SUATS since 2002.

Arguably the most infamous loser was Baltimore Colts NFL MVP QB Earl Morrall, who lost 16-7 as an 18-point favorite to Joe Willie Namath and the New York Jets in SB III. Last year’s historic record-breaking comeback win by New England over Atlanta’s MVP award-winning QB Matt Ryan was just the icing on the cake.

Rest assured, with Patriots’ QB Tom Brady expected to be announced the NFL MVP winner for the 2017 season the night before Super Bowl LII, we’ll pay close attention to New England’s fate in this year’s Super Bowl spectacular.

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