- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Rivera was named the NFC Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to a 12-4 regular-season record and the NFC South title. Carolina won 11 of its final 12 regular-season games after a 1-3 start.
Kuechly was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league's second-ranked defense in tackles, including a 24-tackle effort against New Orleans in Week 16.
The winners will be presented trophies at the 44th annual gala on March 1 in Kansas City.