Quarterbacks have taken home the Super Bowl MVP award a total of 29 times, by far the most of any position. Last year, however, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl 53 MVP. Will a quarterback take the award back at Super Bowl 54?
Sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have the quarterbacks listed as the top two favorites on the Super Bowl 54 MVP odds, with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes the favorite at +115 (wager $100 to win $115) and the San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo just behind him on those betting lines at +250.
Mahomes has been deadly behind center so far during the postseason, throwing for 321 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in the Chiefs’ win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round and following up with a three-touchdown, no-interception performance as Kansas City surged past the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. Mahomes has also rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown through the team’s first two playoff games.
Garoppolo, on the other hand, hasn’t been asked to do nearly as much for the Niners in their two playoff victories, throwing for a combined 208 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the team’s wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
Against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game last weekend Garoppolo completed just six passes for 77 yards, but running back Raheem Mostert carried the Niners to the victory with 220 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Mostert is third on the Super Bowl MVP odds at +450, but the last running back to win the award was the Denver Broncos’ Terrell Davis in Super Bowl 32.
San Francisco star defensive end Nick Bosa sits fourth at +1000 on the Super Bowl 54 MVP odds, followed by Niners tight end George Kittle at +1200, with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill both at +2000. A tight end has never won the Super Bowl MVP.
The early Super Bowl odds have the Chiefs set as small 1.5-point favorites with a moneyline of -120, and the OVER/UNDER at 54.5 points. The last time the Chiefs won the championship at Super Bowl 4 quarterback Len Dawson was named the MVP. Joe Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards for the Niners, while Jerry Rice and Steve Young won one each.