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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mike Sando's MVP Watch

By Mike Sando

Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers
Quarterbacks Drew Brees, left, and Aaron Rodgers have been at the forefront of the NFL MVP conversation for the majority of the season.
Aaron Rodgers did not lead the NFL in passing yards, touchdown passes or completion percentage. What he did do was lead the Green Bay Packers to a 15-1 record while posting a ridiculous 45-6 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions.

Rodgers was the slam-dunk MVP choice all season until New Orleans' Drew Brees closed with a flourish and Rodgers, having earned a rest in Week 17, watched Packers backup Matt Flynn toss six touchdown passes to beat Detroit.

The debate was on.

A challenge issued via Twitter invited strong responses backing each man.

A sampling from the Rodgers crowd, paraphrased for grammatical and content reasons:
From the pro-Brees contingent:
It's interesting to see the cases "for" one player take aim at the other. Rodgers was deserving because Brees lost to the Rams, or because Brees played 11 games indoors, or because it's not his fault Brees had to throw all those passes. Brees was deserving because the Packers set records when Rodgers missed a game.

What happened in Week 17 wasn't going to steer me away from Rodgers. If a backup such as Flynn could throw six scoring passes against the Lions, imagine how many Rodgers might have thrown. Does anyone think Flynn would sail through the regular season with 45 touchdowns and six picks?

"Rodgers, off a Super Bowl win, clinically took apart every team they played until it did not matter," @lhillberg wrote.

That was good enough for me.