As the playoffs begin, some NFL awards

Year 1 of the NFL’s newly adopted 17-game season had a little bit of everything.

The good: Aaron Rodgers’ drama-filled offseason, during which he floated the idea of retirement, was transformed into one of his most epic performances. Mac Jones delivered a playoff berth for Bill Belichick’s Patriots as a rookie. Tom Brady continued to stiff-arm Father Time as no one else ever has. And somehow, some way, the Tennessee Titans survived without their best player to earn the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed.

The bad: Urban Meyer flamed out in less than a year on the job. Sam Darnold fizzled after a promising 3-0 start. The Seahawks had their first losing season with Russell Wilson. And then there’s the Giants.

As a wide-open playoff field begins what should be an eventful postseason, we look back at a regular season filled with something for everyone:

Most Valuable Player: Rodgers, QB, Packers. This race seemed wide open just a few weeks ago, with Rodgers, Brady, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor and Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp all in the hunt. By the end, it looked like a two-man race between the NFL’s two best quarterbacks. We’ll give this to Rodgers, who, after a clunker on opening day, was a touch more consistent than Brady. Rodgers guided the Packers to the NFL’s best record, but man, is Brady still amazing at 44, passing for a career-high 5,316 yards. He had an extra…

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