Manning Powers Through MVP Voting

January 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the end, all the discussion and debate proved unwarranted. 
Peyton Manning not only won the MVP award, but ran away with it.  The final AP tally ended with 39 ½ votes going to Manning.  The closest competition (Drew Brees) managed only seven and a half votes while two other quarterbacks (Philip Rivers and Brett Favre) rounded out the vote with two and one vote, respectively. 
There was some speculation that sitting the bulk of the final two games would impact voters, who would look at quarterbacks with complete seasons in a greater light.  In that respect the pair of losses may have only proved to highlight Manning’s value as the Colts leader.
Manning also received help against the two other front-runners across the length of the season.  Brees’ New Orleans Saints closed the year with a thud, losing their final three games to finish the year.  He led the league in passer rating (109.6) but fell 112 yards short of Manning despite more playing time.

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