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Bruce Arians: It will be a ‘travesty’ if Tom Brady doesn’t win NFL MVP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into the playoffs as the NFC’s second overall seed.

Much of this has come due to star quarterback Tom Brady’s ageless performance. He wrapped another remarkable campaign as he finished as the league leader with 5,316 passing yards, 43 touchdown passes, and 485 completed passes.

All that has led Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians to express that it would be devastating for Brady not to secure his fourth regular-season MVP award.


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“I think if he doesn’t get it, it’s a travesty,” Arians said Monday, as his team began preparations to host the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild-card round this weekend via ESPN. “Most completions ever, 5,000 yards, touchdowns — the whole nine yards. To me, it’s not even a close race.”

His 5,316 passing yards are the third-most in a single season trailing only Peyton Manning (5,477) and Drew Brees (5.476). Brady continues to show no decline in his performance in his 22nd campaign. He’s still playing at an elite level at a stage where many of the previous all-time greats are well into retirement.

His main competition for the prestigious honor is likely Aaron Rodgers, who is coming off another impressive campaign. He led the Green Bay Packers to secure the first-round playoff bye in the NFC behind his stellar play.

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Rodgers finished 10th with 4,115 passing yards, tied for fourth with 37 touchdown passes, first with only four interceptions and a 68.8 quarterback rating. It may be one of the closest races for the MVP award between two future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

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