Sports Super Bowl LI MVP: Sleeper candidates Julio Jones is a MVP contender. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Streeter Lecka By Scott Fontana email@example.com @Scott_Fontana February 3, 2017 8:28 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email More often than not, the Super Bowl MVP trophy goes to the winning quarterback. It’s happened 27 times in 50 games, and it’s a smart bet that either Tom Brady — for the fourth time — or Matt Ryan will take home that hardware. But two of the last three MVPs were defensive players, and its happened 10 times overall — including twice in Super Bowl XII. Seven have been running backs, and six were receivers. It’s possible a non-QB wins the trophy. If that happens, here are the most likely candidates on each team. PATRIOTS LeGarrette Blount, RB: The Falcons are weak against the run, and Blount has risen to the occasion in the playoffs before. He’s rushed for more than 148 yards and at least three TDs in the postseason twice. If he runs for a few scores and crossed the 100-yard mark, he’ll have a strong case. Second Pick: Dion Lewis, RB FALCONS Julio Jones, WR: The Super Bowl record for receiving yards is 215 by Jerry Rice. Jones has posted games of 300 and 259 receiving yards in the last three seasons. If anyone is built to surpass the mark by the game’s greatest receiver of all-time, it’s the sport’s most dominant wideout of the present. Second Pick: Vic Beasley Jr., LB By Scott Fontana firstname.lastname@example.org @Scott_Fontana Scott has been amNewYork's sports editor since 2012 and has more than a decade of experience covering sports. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.