The MVP award began as a debate between Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, but by late December, it had become clear that the Chiefs quarterback was going to win. When Mahomes received 45 of the 50 votes for first-team All-Pro, any remaining drama was gone.
Mahomes collected his prize Saturday night at NFL Honors.
Mahomes, 23, should have many more chances to win multiple MVP awards to join an elite list of players with more than one. Peyton Manning has a record five MVP awards.
Mahomes passed for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns in a remarkable first season as a starter.
He is the first player from the Chiefs’ organization to win the award.
Mahomes also won offensive player of the year.