The New York Giants' Eli Manning may have been the big winner of Sunday's Super Bowl, but one adorable little puppy named Fumble also stole the spotlight during Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VIII.

Fumble, a 9-week-old Chihuahua/Terrier from adoption organization SPCA LA, did not live up to his name. He won the canine competition's Bissell MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award for his game play and determination.

This year's most valuable puppy award goes to a pooch that combined offensive fire-power with dogged defense, praised the game announcer. He not only put points on the board-he outworked and outhustled every other Fido in the field

Every year, animal lovers looking for an alternative to the American football tradition can tune into the Puppy Bowl--an event in which fluffy, four-legged players from local shelters compete for America's hearts and delicious squeaky toys in a play pen with a NFL theme. The action began at 3 p.m. ET.

Fumble wasn't the only winner. The other 18 puppies won the hearts of viewers with their other adorable antics.

Sweetie Pie had the best end-zone dance. With just moments left in the fourth quarter, the 11-week-old Catahoula mix snuck in a touch down.

 Aberdeen, a 10-week-old Australian Shepherd mix, brought the red ball to the end zone four times and was second in line for the MVP award.

Viewers have until noon on Monday to vote for the MVP Viewer's Choice. Watch the video with highlights below.

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