6 Top Super Bowl Performances by a Single Player

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Kurt Warner

Every year, it seems that there’s always at least one player who really stands out in the Super Bowl — a player who performs at a higher level than everybody else on the field and who becomes the impetus behind his team’s championship. With Super Bowl XLVIII a mere days away, speculation about who it’ll be this year has reached a high; will he hail from the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks? Peyton Manning is the obvious choice as he was the league’s best passer throughout the entire season and during the Broncos’ playoff run, and he’s more than likely to win the National Football League’s MVP award. Manning’s been untouchable, and Denver has followed suit.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch certainly has a case to make, too. If he is in “Beast Mode“ then he may very well lead the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl victory. If it’s not an offensive player — albeit a rare occurrence — it could be a guy like veteran cornerback Champ Bailey who’s playing in his first Super Bowl despite it being his 15th professional season, or even Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, whose fame has possibly surpassed his ability.

Either way, there’s a very good chance that come Sunday and a matchup between the league’s best offense and best defense, someone will perform remarkably. In preparation for this, here are six individual Super Bowl performances that didn’t disappoint.

6. Kurt Warner, Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000

Coming off of an MVP winning season, Warner led the Saint Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title. This game is better known for the dramatic ending where Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson came up a yard short for the tying score as the game ended. But Warner put on quite the show, too. He threw for 414 yards and two touchdowns — the 414 passing yards was a Super Bowl record. His biggest play, a 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce, gave the Rams a late lead in the game and would be enough (just barely enough) to claim the Super Bowl. Though Warner had the likes of Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, and Bruce at his disposal, it was his single performance that really stood out.

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