OWINGS MILLS, Md. —
Only eight teams allowed an average of 5 yards or fewer after a catch this season, and two are meeting to decide who gets to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
“In a game like this where you have guys who are explosive guys, like (Frank) Gore, like (Ray) Rice, like (Colin) Kaepernick, like (Anquan) Boldin, you have to tackle,” Lott said. “And you have to tackle properly. These teams do.”
Seven of the 46 previous Super Bowls ended with MVP awards going to defensive players. That includes 2001, when Baltimore’s Lewis was honored; it hasn’t happened since 2003, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dexter Jackson.
But with players such as Lewis and Terrell Suggs on the field, plus Aldon Smith and Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, Whitner and Pollard, perhaps the MVP of Sunday’s game will be someone who prevents points.
“It’s just like the old saying,” Baltimore’s Ellerbe said. “Offense sells tickets; defense wins championships.”
AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Santa Clara, Calif., contributed to this report.
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