Some of the postseason awards require a little thought. Some require none.
Two years removed from a season lost due to multiple neck surgeries (he’s had four in all), Peyton Manning put together the greatest season for any quarterback in league history. He set a record for touchdown passes with 55, beating the past record by 10 percent. Manning also broke Drew Brees‘ two-year-old single-season passing yardage record, besting a mark that previously stood for 28 years.
In all, Manning completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 5,477 yards, 55 scores, and a passer rating north of 115.0. He also ran for a touchdown on a once-per-half-decade naked bootleg against the Cowboys.
The other finalists, albeit distant, for the award included Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who became the team’s first NFL rushing champ since the days of Steve Van Buren with 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns. McCoy added 539 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, pushing his yards from scrimmage above 2,100.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon generated the most receiving yardage in the league with 1,646, despite missing two games due to a suspension and dealing with a revolving door at quarterback.
Other finalists were Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (1,287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards, 19 total touchdowns), Saints quarterback Drew Brees (5,162 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, 68.6 completion percentage), and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (110 catches for 1,499 yards, nine total touchdowns).
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