The 10 Best Offensive Players From the Super Bowl

Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP. Was he the best offensive player according to our analytics?

With football, we love our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, which measures the number of points a player adds (or loses) to his team versus what he's expected to add. Rather than counting statistics like yards, touchdowns and receptions, NEP looks at down-and-distance situations and field position and relates these instances to history. When a player outperforms what's happened in the past, he sees a positive expected points value on the play. When he doesn't, his expected points gained on the play is negative. All of these little instances add up, then, to be a player's Net Expected Points total.

You can read more about NEP in our glossary.

Using a formula that compares individual single-game performance to history, the numberFire Live platform takes this Net Expected Points formula and assigns a rating to a player's performance. Each week, that's what we'll show here -- the 10 best ratings from the prior weekend of football.

Here are the results from the Super Bowl:

Tom BradyQB99
Nick FolesQB98
Danny AmendolaWR97
Rob GronkowskiTE96
Zach ErtzTE89
Chris HoganWR83
James WhiteRB80
Jay AjayiRB67
LeGarrette BlountRB66
Alshon JefferyWR64

- So, according to our performance ratings, Tom Brady was the game's most outstanding player. He threw for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns on 48 attempts, earning 26.52 Passing Net Expected Points in the process. On passes traveling at least 16 yards downfield, Brady was 8 of 14 for 228 yards and a touchdown. More than half of his drop backs increased expected scoring (53.06%); however, the costly sack and fumble late in the game lost the New England Patriots 4.85 expected points.

- By comparison, Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and 3 scores (plus an interception) on 43 attempts. He generated 22.40 Passing NEP, including a 55.81% Success Rate. On deep throws, Foles went 5 of 9 for 117 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception.

- Danny Amendola led the game with 15.00 Reception NEP, thanks to 8 catches on 11 targets for 152 yards. Despite not scoring a touchdown, no player made a bigger impact with his receptions, according to our analytics.

- Rob Gronkowski's 2-touchdown game generated 12.99 Reception NEP for the Pats. In all, he had 116 yards on 9 catches (15 targets) against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

- Zach Ertz caught 7 of his 9 targets for 67 yards and the game-winning touchdown. That production led to 11.00 Reception NEP for the eventual Super Bowl champions.