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After leading the Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 record and their first Super Bowl berth since 1998, quarterback Matt Ryan was named league MVP for the 2016 regular season Saturday.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is one of the top candidates to win MVP. Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl opponent Tom Brady finished a distant second. He threw for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Ryan beat out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the National Football League with 40 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions with another four rushing touchdowns while carrying the Packers to an NFC North division title.

"So he's the GOAT, him and Peyton, they're the GOATs". If Gabriel can get loose against the Patriots tough defense and turn a five yard gain into a 50 yard gain or a touchdown early on, it would put the Pats on the ropes before they even got going.

"I think Matt continued to move in the pocket better than he ever has". Smith was on Denver coach John Fox's staff for three division titles under Manning and the Super Bowl trip to close out the 2013 season.

Will Ryan join Kurt Warner in 1999 as the last MVP to take home the Lombardi Trophy in the same season? "A lot of that is coming out of a year ago". But Brady led the charge in the final minute to set up a 48-yard field goal for the win. Indianapolis running back Frank Gore won the Art Rooney Sportsmanship award, and Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans was given the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year award for a one-handed sideline grab against the Falcons. Matt isn't the only athletic one in the Ryan clan.

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There were more accolades for the Cowboys, as Dallas head coach Jason Garrett was given Coach of the Year, following a 13-3 record and NFC East championship, despite losing starting QB Tony Romo before the season began.

Meanwhile, Oakland Raiders All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Bosa claimed Defensive Rookie of the Year while Mack was the Defensive Player of the Year for a Raiders team that almost claimed one of the top seeds in the AFC.

No regular season MVP victor has won the Super Bowl title since Warner.

Asked by Omnisport what he sees when watching the 39-year-old Brady, Dimitroff replied: "I have so much respect for him, as do our team".