For the first time, a pair shared the Most Valuable Player honor. Defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Harvey Martin were the leaders of a Dallas defense that forced eight Denver turnovers in a 27-10 victory. Bronco quarterbacks had only 8 completions in 25 attempts under the fierce Cowboy rush, led by White and Martin.
Martin and White joined Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley (V) and Miami safety Jake Scott (VII) as the only defensive players to win the MVP award. Later Chicago defensive end Richard Dent (XX) and Dallas cornerback Larry Brown (XXX) would be added to the list.