EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the end, Malcolm Smith finally got his due. Two weeks after his game-clinching interception against the 49ers propelled the Seahawks into the Super Bowl, Smith was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII in the Seahawks' 43-8 smackdown of the Broncos on Sunday night.
Smith picked up the hardware thanks in large part to scoring a touchdown after intercepting Peyton Manning, but it's never something he thought would happen.
"I always imagined myself making great plays," Smith said. "Never thought about being the MVP."
As for the play itself, Smith kind of fell into one of the bigger ducks you'll ever see. Manning got crushed and Smith benefited from it.
"I guess we had good coverage on the back end," Smith said. "Peyton kind of scanned the opposite side of the field and was working his way back. We had excellent pressure, somebody got their arm on the ball, I didn't see who, I guess the ball came out high and I was just fortunate that the running back was kind of sitting there waiting on it and I just attacked it and took off."
Smith's a pretty perfect example of the Seahawks defense though, a group of misfits and castoffs (their words, not mine) who stepped up, made massive plays and helped shut down the vaunted Broncos defense.