By Max Harper

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the clear winner of the Associated Press’ Most Valuable Player award with 48 of 50 first-place votes.

The other two went to Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Overall in the voting, Mahomes finished with 490 points. Hurts was second (193), Allen was third (151) and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was fourth (128).

It was the second MVP award of Mahomes’ six-year career, making him the 10th player ever to win the award twice. His other came in 2018; only Jim Brown and Kurt Warner won two MVPs in less time at the start of a career.

Earlier in the evening, Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson won the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award. In his first season with new Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Jefferson led the NFL with 128 receptions and 1,809 yards. Last year’s OPOY, Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp, played in the same scheme O’Connell brought to the Vikings after two seasons as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. The Kupp-Jefferson sequence marked the first time two receivers have ever won the award in consecutive seasons.


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