Rodgers wins MVP in a landslide

We essentially knew Aaron Rodgers would win the league’s MVP award on Saturday night because he was chosen the first team All-Pro quarterback over Drew Brees in a landslide.

Rogers won the MVP award by nearly the same vote: 48-2.  (It was 47.5 to 2.5 for the All Pro vote.)

Brees won the Offensive Player of the Year award. Separating those two awards is not something that makes a lot of sense, but we suppose it’s a way to recognize two offensive players for their achievements.

Rodgers was the better player and the more valuable player throughout the course of the season. Brees was absolutely sensational, especially late in the season, but Rodgers was playing at a level we have rarely seen for most of the year. The last few weeks of the year don’t make the first three months go away.

You know it’s a strong year for MVP candidates when Tom Brady didn’t even get a vote in a season where he finished with the second most amount of yards in NFL history.

The league is in great shape right now for many reasons. One of them: Quarterback play has never been better.

135 responses to “Rodgers wins MVP in a landslide

  1. Very simple… The Saints won games even when Brees played bad (throwing multiple picks). The Pack lost unless Rodgers carried them on his back.(One mediocre game equals only loss of the season)

  2. A well deserved triumph.

    So much for Peter “Factoid” King’s theory of a close race with Brees for the MVP.

    Lets hope he keeps up this level of play for many years to come.

  3. PackFans knew this even before game 1 of the regular season.

    The best part of this MVP season is that AR didn’t pad his stats like some southern type QBs did.

  4. As long as that fake clown Brees didn’t win it. The same guy who has the world convinced he’s some upstanding guy, but SUED HIS OWN MOMS…

    Congrats Rodgers. Love that guy.

  5. So why have an awards show if everybody knows who won every award before the awards show airs?

  6. I agree with this one. Its not like he has the best wrs in the league or that his back up could come in and throw for 400 plus and 6 tds. Just kidding well deserved that defense stunk it up he carried them.

  7. Peyton got to the podium before Rodgers and talked for 15 minutes about his injury and his future. Then said he didn’t want to be a distraction and let Rodgers speak.

  8. The Brees article was titled “Brees crushes Rodgers for Offensive POY”. Why isnt this one titled”Rodgers destroys Brees for MVP”? If 43 votes to the other gys 7 is crushing, then 48 – 2 must be destroying. Get a new headline writer PFT.

  9. Been so long since the vote was make I totally forgot about it. And since in the infinite wisdom of the NFL they want to wait till Superbowl eve to announce it, it will get little attention.

    Way to mess this one up NFL.

  10. “You know it’s a strong year for MVP candidates when Tom Brady didn’t even get a vote in a season where he finished with the second most amount of yards in NFL history.”

    Or that he’s in the SB tomorrow… But I think Rodgers deserved it either way.

  11. I thought Brees and Rogers should have shared the MVP. Congrats to Rogers though.. great REGULAR season..lol

  12. Congrats Aaron a great season by a great quarterback. It seems like every year Drew has a great season somebody else has a better one. In 2006 L.T broke the record for most total touchdowns in a season and this year Rodgers has a historic year at the quarterback position. He should’ve won it in 2009 over Peyton, I’m not sure why he didn’t. Hopefully he gets one before his career is over.

  13. steelerhypocrite says:
    Feb 4, 2012 8:12 PM
    System QB gets MVP? Worst choice since Brett Favre.

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    The phrase “System Quarterback” went out of style last month. Do people like you realize how stupid you sound when you parrott ignorance? It is bad enough “System Quarterback” was ever said in the first place. Now people feel the need to keep saying it when they have no idea what it means? Here is a shocker for you. Every Quarterback in the league plays in a system developed by the coaches. They are all system quarterbacks.. every one of them. Even Ben.

  14. a system quarterback is one who only excels when in the perfect situation. ie alex smith. smith was supposed to be huge bust. because coaches couldn’t utilize his skill set. harbaugh comes along realizes Smith can’t throw past 5 yards unless its to a defender and installs a system his quarterback could excel at. self absorbed prik up here^

  15. figured the AP would get this wrong. let’s see…break 1 record, win MVP….break multiple passing records including shattering a 27 year old record( most 300 yard games in a season, most passing yards, highest completion %, most completion, lead an offense that broke the record for most yards in a season). I clearly see why Brees was passed over for MVP….he clearly needed to do more. this is just like 2009 when Brees had better stats across the board then manning and still lost the MVP to manning.

  16. “Rodgers was the better player and the more valuable player throughout the course of the season.”. . . .how is that possible, if breed were to sit out a game the saints would fail, but rogers sits out and Matt flynn lights up the scoreboard!

  17. Not only is Rodgers a system QB, not only was that proven by Flynn’s performance in week 17, but the argument that Brees got more passing yards because the Saints pass so much goes right out the window with this fact: The Saints rushed for 132 yards per game this season, Green Bay rushed for 97 yards per game. Brees would have had 6,000 yards passing if you took all the rushing yards the Saints led over Green Bay by and told Brees to pass for those yards instead.

  18. I am bias because I am a Packer fan but for people to hate Rodgers because their argument is he is a system QB is totally ignorant.

    He had over a hundred less pass attempts than Brees and that is considering he would have threw 50 times if he played the last game of the year. Also it takes accuracy, arm strength and brains to read the defense to be successful not just a system.

    Your hatred and jealous is the most sincere form of flattery, thank you

  19. Who really votes on this, players or sports writers. Rogers and Brees or so close and on the vote it is 90% for Rogers. That is really weird because they are only one game different from each other the game they played and if you would have had another 2 minutes it could have been different. Both of them or small market teams. To me if it was close it would have showed in the vote and it did not. If the Saint’s would have won
    the Green Bay game. They would have the same record. But the voting was lopsited and does not show that. Brees win’s one play off game Rogers wins none. Brees break’s all time passing record Rogers does not. There needs to be a better system sports writers think they know it all, if they were that good they would be coaching.

  20. Congrats to Rodgers. But if Brees’ records set this year are still standing 20 years from now, this will look like a dumb decision.

  21. Be careful Packer fans cause Rodgers might choke on the award like you guys choked in the playoffs!!!!!!!

  22. Perfect! Brady doesn’t even get a sniff of the MVP and the Giants web site has already posted them being the champs.

    I can just imagine what is going through Brady’s mind….

  23. marcinhouston says: Feb 4, 2012 8:44 PM
    Not only is Rodgers a system QB, not only was that proven by Flynn’s performance in week 17, but the argument that Brees got more passing yards because the Saints pass so much goes right out the window with this fact: The Saints rushed for 132 yards per game this season, Green Bay rushed for 97 yards per game. Brees would have had 6,000 yards passing if you took all the rushing yards the Saints led over Green Bay by and told Brees to pass for those yards instead.

    Only argument that I need is that Rodgers didn’t pad his stats like Brees did. Not only did Brees pad his stats, but he and his Head Coach were so blatant about it they didn’t even care. Heck, they even did it on national TV in prime time!!

    Brees does hold one record for sure, the most passing yards in meaningless situations in NFL history!

  24. So all the major awards are in and none of the winners will be playing tomorrow? Nobody that even came close! Maybe it tells you something.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2012 8:18 PM

    As long as that fake clown Brees didn’t win it. The same guy who has the world convinced he’s some upstanding guy, but SUED HIS OWN MOMS…

    Congrats Rodgers. Love that guy.

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    Educate yourself on what she did before insterting both feet in your mouth.

    That said, it was clearly Rodgers year to win it. Congrats to him.

  26. “…Quarterback play has never been better.”

    Puhlease, that should read: “Quarterback play has never been EASIER.”

    You can barely touch a QB and you have to let freak of nature WRs come down with the ball and make a move before you can lay a hit on them.

    Maybe that line should read: “Defense has never been at such a disadvantage.”

  27. EVERY quarterback is a “system” quarterback.

    Maybe West Coast system. Maybe Erhardt Perkins system. Or Pistol, Spread, Wishbone etc.

    Saying Rodgers is a “system” success is stupid.

    Ty Detmer ran the same pro “system” as Favre, Young, and Montana. Why isn’t he headed to the Hall of Fame?

  28. Awsome for so many reasons. Most of all, that PHONY drew brees didn’t win it. He is brett Favre 2.0.

  29. Congrats to Rodgers for this, and to Brees for Offensive Player of the Year! Don’t worry Brady fans about the fact he didn’t get a single vote for either award… he’ll win the most important award a QB can win tomorrow… Super Bowl MVP!

  30. He’s cool. It’s all good. He shut up and waited and it’s all paying off. Nice guy.. good deal… and yea… he’ll rip your head off and show it to you. Love the “belt flex” too. Why not?
    If you have a problem with this you have a problem with yourself.

  31. By the way, congratulations to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers organization. He was a stone cold passing machine. It’s incredibly hard to repeat in this league and the Pack played well all year. They’ll be in the mix in 2012.

    As far as picking him or Brees, I’d have a hard time myself. They are both worthy, but I suppose someone must win. A bit surprised it wasn’t a split award like they did ten or so years ago.

    Oh, well, congrats to Brees for setting the passing yardage record and to the Saints as well.

  32. Rodgers gets MVP, Brees gets offensive player of the year, Brady gets superbowl MVP. Top three QB’s all recognized for their great play this year.

  33. 7:58 pm “Brees crushes Rodgers for AP Offensive Player of Year award”

    8:09 pm “Rodgers wins MVP in a landslide”

    9:34 pm “Sports Blogger’s decide that you just can’t have enough over sensationalized headlines”

  34. Why not Eli Manning? What is amazing here is that Rodgers was a California Junior College product before he hit it big…with many good years to come.

  35. I thought it would take 20 years for someone to break Manning’s 120+ record in an era where the best quarterbacks hover around 100.

    Congrats on a well-deserved award.

  36. The last few weeks of the year don’t make the first three months go away.
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    Tell that to the Giants.

  37. hansenbrothers says:
    Feb 4, 2012 8:44 PM
    I’d still rather he be playing tomorrow, but I’ll take it
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    Holly crap Aaron, why is your screen name hockey related? Glad to see you posting on your own story!

  38. Brees deserved both awards and did more to earn them than Rodgers, but it’s whatever. Rodgers is still the golden boy of the NFL for another day at least, and that’s how these things go.

  39. caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Feb 4, 2012 8:18 PM
    Peyton got to the podium before Rodgers and talked for 15 minutes about his injury and his future. Then said he didn’t want to be a distraction and let Rodgers speak.
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    Pantie Peyton has been using the Super Bowl media to portray his case all week. He’s not man enough to wait until after the SB to talk about his issues. He’s got to try to distract attention from the biggest game of the year. That’s because he is more important than the SB. Ya don’t think so??? Ask him…

  40. Love the ignorance of all the haters! “System QB”, etc. way to allow your stupidity to overwhelm the message boards…Rodgers was the best player from week 1 throughout week 16…managed to go 15-1 with the worst statistical defense in NFL history! Yep the football writer’s got this correct!

  41. System QB? Some of you people are attention seekers. If Rodgers is a system QB then McCarthy should be the coach of the year considering he provided the “system”. The MVP should also be split between all the packers receivers since they made Rodgers the QB that his is. Grow up people, Flynn had ONE good game, ever heard of a fluke? I’m not even a huge packers fan, but I can acknowledge a great QB when I see one. There are a ton of well respected players around the league that confirm what everyone should already know, Rodgers is legit. As they say, game recognizes game.

  42. Every football “expert” has been saying all year that this Patriots team was one of the worst defenses ever.
    They won 13 games and Brady threw for over 5,000 yards and he doesn’t get one vote?
    So how did the team with a awful defense make it to the Super Bowl?
    I’m not saying that Brady should win it over Rodgers or Brees just saying that he deserved some votes for literally carrying his team more than the other two guys combined.

  43. “System” quarterbacks don’t throw single picks in a year. 45 TD’s and only 5 int’s in unbelievable! Even Brent Favre had to admire those thats, and then take of a picture of how “excited” he was with his phone.

  44. To all of you who forgot.

    Brees may have lost to the RAMs but the Packers lost to the lowly Chiefs. So who is better?

  45. Didn’t his backup come in at the end of the season and light it up?

    How was Rodgers the MOST VALUABLE on his team when they did just fine without him? If anything, Peyton Manning should have been given the award, and I’m really not kidding. The Colts won 2 games without him. Just like the Pro Bowl, it’s one big joke, and an even bigger popularity contest

  46. I can just imagine what is going through Brady’s mind….
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    Me too:

    “If we lose tomorrow, Eli owns us.”

    Pats can’t win in the playoffs without video of opponents defensive signals.

  47. Rodgers was actually 14-1. Matt Flynn was 1-0 with a 136 passer rating against a playoff team (albeit not a stellar one). With that said, he had a pretty remarkable season which was deserving of the award even if I would have rather seen Brees get it. I would have liked to see them go at it again this season. The first game of the season still stands as the best game that I got to watch all year.

  48. @ninerfaithful What defensive player had more of an impact on their team winning than these two. The last defensive player that was dominant enough to affect a game more than a QB or RB was Lawrence Taylor, who won one by the way. The rules against defenses just don’t make it possible to dominate like that anymore.

  49. woodyg says:Feb 4, 2012 8:17 PM

    PackFans knew this even before game 1 of the regular season.

    The best part of this MVP season is that AR didn’t pad his stats like some southern type QBs did.
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    And I remember “PackFans” telling us before game 1 of the regular season telling us all how the Pack was a cinch to repeat as Champions. Packfans are so full of themselves! No one pads there stats more than an Arena Football team and the leader of that Arena team is none other than ARodg.

  50. capitaloffense says:
    Feb 4, 2012 9:03 PM
    “…Quarterback play has never been better.”

    Puhlease, that should read: “Quarterback play has never been EASIER.”

    You can barely touch a QB and you have to let freak of nature WRs come down with the ball and make a move before you can lay a hit on them.

    Maybe that line should read: “Defense has never been at such a disadvantage.”
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    Couldn’t agree more. I realize that there are some great QB’s right now, but the idea that these guys are playing at a higher level than guys like Montana and Bradshaw and Staubach is absurd. Those guys didn’t put up the same numbers, but they played in a time when DBs could mug receivers.

  51. They wanted to find a picture of him ‘making a play’ in the post season this year…instead you get his discount double check commercial.

  52. The fact that Brees won OPOTY and Rodgers won the MVP by such large margins does NOT show how swell it is that writers can honor two players. It shows how political awards are, a point magnified by this inaugural awards show. I would have felt better if each won the respective awards but by closer margins. If you can’t do that then the MVP should either be the OPOTY or the DPOTY.

  53. So valuable he couldn’t win a SINGLE GAME AT HOME in the playofffs. But I did enjoy when he owned the 9ers, “Thanks for drafting me.”

  54. theripster30 says: Feb 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Congrats Aaron. You deserve it. Best QB I’ve ever seen.

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    LOL, Really?
    How many have you seen?

  55. Don’t worry saints fan Brees will win the Arena Football indoor league MVP.. I would give the MVP to Eli before Brees at least he doesn’t play half his games in controlled climate indoor league games..

  56. vikingsinla February 4, 2012, 10:57 PM EST

    Rodgers <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Brees and I dare even the most idiotic Packer fan to dispute this fact.

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    Uh if you give Rodgers 657 pass attempts this year you're looking at about 6100 yards and 59 td's. Quit jerking off to volume stats and recognize. I can see that you're 'purple' with envy so nobody is gonna take you seriously anyways.

  57. MVP and DDC all in the same year……I wonder what color of skirt he will wear when he accepts his awards.

  58. “The league is in great shape right now for many reasons. One of them: Quarterback play has never been better.”

    Give me a break. The passing game is where it’s at now because of the rules. Guys like Rodgers, Manning, Brady, Brees are all putting up great numbers because they are great QBs. But don’t try to make it seem like Marino, Montana, Kelly, Bradshaw, prime Favre, Elway, etc wouldn’t be putting up the same kind of numbers if they were as protected, and their receivers were protected as they are today.

  59. How many records did Rodgers break this year? He is a great Qb and does deserve to win the MVP award. I think the voting should have been a lot closer. Just like the offensive player of the year award. That should have been closer too. Who votes on this stuff anyway?

  60. The amazing thing about Rodgers is his efficiency. Check his TD to INT ratio and how many yards he threw for. He threw for more TDs with fewer yards & INTS than Brees did. I have been saying most of the year he was the walkoff MVP. Congrats to him, he is an amazing QB. He would be great with ANY rules because he is so accurate.

    And no what Flynn did does NOT diminish Rodgers’ skill or accomplishments. It’s a testament to great coaching and the hard work of the players involved. I’m a Pats fan and get sick of people saying what Cassel did in 08 means that TB is overrated. It’s a silly and very lazy argument that has no basis in fact.

  61. @vikingsinla

    Brees got the passing yards record and touchdowns record because he played garbage minuets in blowouts (see colts game) the only stat here that isn’t inflated is his completion percentage mark. If Rodgers would have thrown the 155 attempt difference and you project their stats roughly the same he would own the passing yards, touchdowns and just barely own the passer rating record. I think you used the wrong symbol in your comparison there chief.

  62. What a great 2011 for Aaron Rodgers. I am talking about the whole calendar year. Mr. Rodgers beat the #1 arch rival Chicago Bears (4) times, won (4) playoff games in a row (including Super Bowl 45). Was Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP and had an overall record in 2011 of 19-1. Thanks for making 2011 my most enjoyable year of watching football. It was truly a pleasure!

  63. vikingsinla says: Feb 4, 2012 10:57 PM

    Rodgers <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Brees and I dare even the most idiotic Packer fan to dispute this fact.

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    Oh yeah…

    Vikings <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Packers and I dare even the most idiotic Viking fan to dispute this fact.

    …and your mother wears combat boots!

  64. All I can do is laugh at people who say Rodgers is a system QB, because it’s a total joke. Obviously everyone who says it hasn’t watched Rodgers play. Rodgers with his pin-point accuracy all season long has been astonishing, whether it be the deep post route, or the back shoulder throw he’s been amazing.

    People may argue that since Matt Flynn had 6 TD’s in one game that he’s a system QB….The Packers in the off-season were getting offers left and right for this guy, hes been an outstanding backup for a while, but the people who never heard about him just assume he’s bad and all of a sudden yell about how Rodgers is a system quarterback.

    And lastly, if Rodgers wasn’t as good as Drew Brees he wouldn’t have received 48 out of 50 votes…Rodgers is MVP for a reason, HE EARNED IT with his astounding accuracy and putting the Packers and their horrible defense on his back for the entire regular season.

  65. it was better in the 80’s. i think what you meant to say was rules favoring the qb have never been better.

  66. arguing about who lost to who at this point is a sign you are a ……loser. brees is the same place as rodgers – watching other qb’s play in the SB.

  67. Eli not even in the conversation? I find that amazing. He is hammered in every game, yet doesn’t whine about it. And Oh, by the way; he put Rodgers out of the playoffs.

  68. The Saints’ crybaby fans probably shouldn’t be so quick to point out Matt Flynn’s game.

    Considering Flynn had a better game against the Lions, in freezing temperatures at Lambeau, than Brees had the next week in his comfy dome.

    So if Rodgers “can’t be MVP” because of Flynn’s game…..certainly Brees can’t be MVP either…..

  69. Brees had a great year but he and the Saints were playing for records, throwing bombs with very large leads with minutes to go in games and he hardly ever came out of games. Packers and Rodgers often put the brakes on passing game and had Flynn come in and mostly hand off. Number don’t tell the whole story. And to discredit AR because of Flynn’s game… come on…. it was against Detriot….nuff said

  70. I think history will show this season to be a QB aberration.

    The non-offseason and flip flopped draft and free agency left many teams unprepared for this season.

    That gave established QBs with established offesnses a big leg up on most defenses.

    Not that what Brady, Brees, and Rogers accomplished isn’t still incredible – I think they just did it against Ds that were ill prepared this season.

  71. How about considering if Rodgers and Brees traded teams? Rodgers playing in a climate-controlled dome while Brees plays on the frozen tundra. What do you think their stats might be then? If you honestly consider this scenario, there is no way you can put Brees above Rodgers.

  72. vikingsinla says:
    Feb 4, 2012 10:57 PM
    Rodgers <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Brees and I dare even the most idiotic Packer fan to dispute this fact.

    Hey, look. An inbred Vikings fan.

    How original.

  73. No question they made the right call. Congrats Aaron on a great year; bring it back next year with some fixes on defense and the Green and Gold will be back in the Show!!!!

  74. Hey, all you Packer haters out there, remember about 12 months ago when Rodgers won another MVP? And you still call him a choker huh? Wow there are a lot of ignorant fans on this site. Brees, Rodgers, and Eli are the class of the NFC, and no one even comes close. So all you whiny Viking, Bears, Lions, and cowgirl fans get over it. Your team either hasn’t won recently, or haven’t won anything!!!! Until then, respect the best!

  75. dondada10 says: Feb 4, 2012 8:23 PM

    The reason the quarterback play has never been better is because defenders get fined by God-el if they look at the QB too hard.
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    thanks captain obvious. too bad it will never change as it sells tickets.

  76. Great choice- I’m not a fan of The Pack. Many commentors ranting on the distinctive game skills of QB’s generally…If all QB’s played the same set of skills football wouldn’t be worth watching .

  77. Where are all the critics now who thought Rodgers would never make it in the NFL just because he held the ball high coming out of CAL or that he was merely a Tedford system QB (pro offense)? The guy was always unbelievably accurate, had a quick release, and a very strong arm. Even the idiotic Packer fans booed him in training camp.

    Boo to my Niners for taking Alex Smith over the local guy, Aaron Rodgers.

  78. As long as that fake clown Brees didn’t win it. The same guy who has the world convinced he’s some upstanding guy, but SUED HIS OWN MOMS…

    Congrats Rodgers. Love that guy.

    What the hell is a MOMS?You must of really went to a great school lol.Rodgers gets the MVP for only throwing 5-10 yard passes?Hes a TOTAL systems QB , even the Back up played better then Rodgers , Rodgers is not even in the top 5 qbs.

  79. as much as I like arguing over who’s QB’s thing is better, I’d much rather be talking about winning championship no.14…. disappointing season….

    Defense has to step it up, We’ve got the best QB in the game.

  80. I think Brees is great.
    But,
    Brees played 11 dome games. Road games included Tenn, Tampa, Carolina, and Jacksonville and Green Bay, in week 1, burrr!) Rodgers won head to head. Rodgers lost one game, on the road to a fired up new head coach and a new starting QB that had already played the Pack and which was a team that won their division last year. Brees clearly has a better run game that helps to open up the pass. Brees has a better TE, and WR is possibly a toss-up. Brees has had his system longer than Rodgers. As far as just stats, Brees and Brady broke Marino’s record this year, Stafford was close and Rodgers probably would have if it mattered. Brees is great and probably underrated, but the MVP is clearly Rodgers.

  81. burrito12 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 12:48 PM
    Hey, all you Packer haters out there, remember about 12 months ago when Rodgers won another MVP? And you still call him a choker huh? Wow there are a lot of ignorant fans on this site. Brees, Rodgers, and Eli are the class of the NFC, and no one even comes close. So all you whiny Viking, Bears, Lions, and cowgirl fans get over it. Your team either hasn’t won recently, or haven’t won anything!!!! Until then, respect the best!

    duece5 says:

    So, a FIRST ROUND thrashing, AT HOME, in the playoffs by a 15-1 team, doesn’t equal a CHOKE?

    Hmmm………

    First time in NFL history that a 15-1 team lost in the first round.

    Sorry, but that is a CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eat it pack fans!!!!!!

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