For keying one of the most dominant performances in Super Bowl history, defensive end Richard Dent became only the fifth member of a defense to be named Most Valuable Player. The Bears came into the game perhaps more well-known for their off-field singing, dancing and rapping, but their performance in a 46-10 victory over New England proved they were one of the top championship teams of their time.
Dent's 1½ sacks were part of Chicago's Super Bowl record seven sacks, but he added to his day by forcing two fumbles. The Bears' defense held New England to a record-low 7 yards rushing while also contributing an interception return for a touchdown and a safety. Defensive end William "The Refrigerator" Perry also scored a 1-yard touchdown on offense. Only one of New England's first 16 offensive plays gained yardage, and it didn't record a first down until the second quarter.
Dent, Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley (V), Miami safety Jake Scott (VII), and Dallas defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White (XII) were the only defensive players named MVP until Dallas cornerback Larry Brown earned the honor in Super Bowl XXX.