Jalen Hurts Falls Short of NFL MVP, OPOY
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts' impressive season wasn't enough to win him the AP Most Valuable Player or the Offensive Player of the Year awards.
The third-year quarterback showed great improvement this season, recording 3,701 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns along with 760 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns during the regular season and leading the Eagles to a 14-1 record as a starter, clinching the first seed in the NFC. He led Philadelphia past the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and will play in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, who is led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes ended up taking home the MVP award for the second time in his career, with the first time being in 2018. This season, he led the Chiefs to a 14-3 record and first seed in the AFC by putting up the most passing yards and the most passing touchdowns this season, with 5,250 yards and 41 touchdowns. Other than Hurts, who placed second in MVP voting, he also beat out Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Justin Jefferson.
While not winning the MVP award, Jefferson won the OPOY award by recording 128 receptions and 1,809 receiving yards, which both ranked first in the NFL, as well as eight touchdowns all during the regular season. The wide receiver helped lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 13-4 season and win the NFC North, but they fell to the Giants in the Wild Card round. Other than Hurts, he also beat out Mahomes and Tyreek Hill for the award.
Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles will go for the most prestigious award in football, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, in Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday, Feb. 12, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will start at 5:30 p.m. CT and will air live on FOX.
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