The New Orleans Saints may have captured the Vince Lombardi trophy for their win in Super Bowl XLIV, but the MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award went on Sunday night to the Chihuahua-pug mix named Jake.
A lightning-quick pooch, Jake received the praise of the award committee in the sixth annual Puppy Bowl this weekend for his unmatched speed and athleticism, People Pets reports.
The event gave viewers an up-close look at Jake and 42 other cuddly puppies as they wrestled over toy footballs, sprinted across a play pen converted to look like a football field and, when they weren't distracted by their tails, tallied up the touchdowns in the pursuit of Puppy Bowl immortality.
The decision to name Jake the game's MVP was a rather controversial call, as the lively dog never scored a touchdown and was rarely in possession of a toy football, according to the new source.
Fava, a 16-year-old cattle dog mix who scored two touchdowns within the game's opening minutes, was praised for having the drive of the game, but was denied MVP honors.
Aside from being an adorable spectacle, Puppy Bowl VI sought to feature shelter dogs who are available for adoption and to promote responsible pet ownership.
The Puppy Bowl has raised its viewership by more than 40% since it began in 2005, KidGlue.com reports.