The NFL announced Sunday it has decided to award the Super Bowl MVP to the man who had to be one of the most surprising winners of the season in order to win.
Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl XLVII MVP award went to Ben Roethlisberger, a fourth-quarter hero who had the Steelers down 3-0 with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Wilson had his second career winning TD and his second playoff comeback in the second half of the Superdome, the second-longest comeback in NFL history.
He threw for 358 yards and four TDs and added a game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett with 1:46 left in overtime.
It was the second time in the Superbowl history a quarterback won MVP and not a quarterback had a winning playoff comeback, and the first since Joe Montana’s Superbowl XLII comeback in 1984.
“Ben’s play tonight was the best of any Super Bowl performer I’ve ever seen,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was not available to talk about the decision.
“I think you can say Ben has had one of those seasons where the story is the best story in the history of football.
He was outstanding.
He’s going to have a chance to do it again.
It’s just the story of this game.”
The Steelers are 2-0.
They are now 4-1 in the playoffs.
Wilson has already clinched the MVP award.
Roethisberger, who missed all of last season with a broken leg, has one more win and two more games to go before the Steelers finish their playoff run on Sunday.
Heading into the game, the Steelers had the best record in the league.
Now they’re 3-3.
The only other team with a winning record in this series is the Seahawks, who have won five straight.
Wilson has thrown for 6,082 yards, 26 TDs and only five INTs.
Roenick, who led the league with 2,948 yards, 17 TDs and 17 INTs, has had his best game in Super Bowl LI.
The Steelers’ season has been marred by injuries, including two to key players and a fourth to defensive end Michael Buchanan.
They also had to settle for the divisional round.
The game featured the only playoff field for a fourth time this season, and was a rematch of the AFC championship game in 2013, when the Seahawks and Patriots each went to overtime.
In addition to winning the MVP, Wilson also was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
He played in Superdames all four years.
The winner will be announced during the halftime show, when Brady and the Patriots are expected to address the media.
The NFL said the award is in recognition of Wilson’s accomplishments on the field, on the gridiron and in the community.
“Russell has done a tremendous job for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his 11 seasons as a member of the team, and this is a tremendous honor for the Steelers organization,” Goodell said.
“Russell will be recognized as one of our all-time greats.
Russell has earned a spot in the Pro Bowl three times.
He is a true MVP and we are thrilled he has been chosen.”
Brady’s team was in the lead at halftime, and when the Patriots’ lead was cut to 3-2 late in the third quarter, the Patriots had an opportunity to tie the game.
But quarterback Ben Roentgen kicked a 49-yard field goal with 4:10 left to make it a one-score game.
Brady then threw a 38-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to tight End Martellu Bennett, who put it in motion.
The Steelers were still in a one of their two remaining playoff spots.
Bracy then threw an interception to tightend Heath Miller, who returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
The score gave the Steelers a 31-27 lead.
Roethlisberg made it 31-28 with 2:42 left in regulation, but Wilson came up with a pair of touchdowns in the last two minutes of regulation and overtime.
Roentgen threw an 18-yard pass to linebacker Jerod Mayo to give the Steelers their first lead of the game at 24-23.
Roentge came up on the Patriots with 4.8 seconds left and threw an 11-yard TD pass to quarterback Martellius Bennett to give Pittsburgh a 24-24 lead with 1.6 seconds left.
The pass was wide right and Brady was called for a false start.
Roenick then threw the winning TD pass with 1 minute left to put the Steelers in front 31-30.
Roerle missed a 47-yarder and Bennett’s 24-yard strike to put Pittsburgh ahead 32-27 with 4 seconds left in extra time.
Britton ran the ball down the right sideline for a 17-yard score.
The Patriots went on to win in overtime, 33-