NFL MVP finalists: Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Justin Jefferson among five possible league MVP winners | NFL News

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Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Jefferson are among five finalists for the NFL’s league MVP this season.

Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts and Justin Jefferson are finalists for the Associated Press Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards.

The winners will be announced at the NFL Honors event on Feb. 9, three days before Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, on Feb. 9, the week before the Super Bowl.

  • Most Valuable Player: Josh Allen (Bills), Joe Burrow (Bengals), Jalen Hurts (Eagles), Justin Jefferson (Vikings), Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
  • The best striker of the year: Tyreek Hill (Dolphins), Jalen Hurts (Eagles), Justin Jefferson (Vikings), Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
  • Defender of the Year: Nick Bosa (49ers), Chris Jones (Chiefs), Micah Parsons (Cowboys)
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year: Brock Purdy (49ers), Kenneth Walker III (Seahawks), Garrett Wilson (Jets)
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Sous Gardner (Jets), Aidan Hutchinson (Lions), Tarik Woolen (Seahawks)
  • Returning Player of the Year: Saquon Barkley (Giants), Christian McCaffrey (49ers), Geno Smith (Seahawks)
  • Coach of the year: Brian Daboll (Giants), Sean McDermott (Bills), Doug Pederson (Jaguars), Kyle Shanahan (49ers), Nick Sirianni (Eagles)
  • Assistant coach of the year: Ben Johnson (Lions OC), DeMeco Ryans (49ers DC), Shane Steichen (Eagles OC)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow faces Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Live on Sky Sports NFL, as of 11:30 p.m.—and Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is also on the list of league MVP finalists. Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Tyreek Hill is a contender for Offensive Player of the Year, but not MVP.

A national panel of 50 media representatives who regularly cover the league completed voting before the playoffs began in January.

A look back at Patrick Mahomes' best games this season as he pursues his second MVP award.

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A look back at Patrick Mahomes’ best games this season as he pursues his second MVP award.

A look back at Patrick Mahomes’ best games this season as he pursues his second MVP award.

Mahomes, the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player, helped Kansas City go 14-3 in the regular season and earn the Chiefs the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Mahomes led the NFL with 5,250 passing yards and 41 touchdowns. He received 49 of 50 first-team AP All-Pro votes.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Hurts had 3,701 passing yards, 760 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 14-3 regular season record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Eagles host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday – Live on Sky Sports NFL from 8 p.m.

Watch the best games of 2022 NFL MVP prospect Jalen Hurts.

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Watch the best games of 2022 NFL MVP prospect Jalen Hurts.

Watch the best games of 2022 NFL MVP prospect Jalen Hurts.

Jefferson, the star of the Minnesota Vikings, is the only receiver named among the MVP finalists, having led the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 yards in his third season in the league. Jefferson was one of two unanimous selections for the AP All-Pro, along with Travis Kelce leading the way.

Here's a look at Justin Jefferson's Minnesota Vikings best game this season, the only wide receiver with a shout for MVP honors.

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Here’s a look at Justin Jefferson’s Minnesota Vikings best game this season, the only wide receiver with a shout for MVP honors.

Here’s a look at Justin Jefferson’s Minnesota Vikings best game this season, the only wide receiver with a shout for MVP honors.

San Francisco quarterback Nick Bosa, Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones and Dallas Cowboys running back Micah Parsons are finalists for the AP Defensive Player of the Year award.

In 2022, Bosa led the NFL with 18½ sacks, followed by Jones with 15½ and Parsons with 14½ in his second year in the league.

Brian Daboll, Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson, Kyle Shanahan and Nick Sirianni are the five finalists for AP Coach of the Year.

Daboll led the New York Giants to a 9-7-1 record in his first season as head coach. McDermott led Buffalo to its third straight AFC East division title and led the Bills brilliantly through one of their players, Damar Hamlin, suffering a heart attack on the field in a game against the Bengals. At 17 weeks.

Damar Hamlin received a standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd after watching the Bills take on the Cincinnati Bengals 20 days after suffering a heart attack.

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Damar Hamlin received a standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd after watching the Bills take on the Cincinnati Bengals 20 days after suffering a heart attack.

Damar Hamlin received a standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd after watching the Bills take on the Cincinnati Bengals 20 days after suffering a heart attack.

Pederson, a former Super Bowl winner with the Eagles, led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 9-8 record and the AFC South title in his first year with the team. Meanwhile, Sirianni’s Eagles are preparing for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, where they will host the Shanahan 49ers.

San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy is also up for the award. The seventh-round draft pick is among the finalists for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, along with Seattle Seahawks tight end Kenneth Walker III and New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

Purdy was affectionately nicknamed “Mr.” “It doesn’t matter” as the last player selected in the draft – an NFL tradition since 1976 – but he’s on the verge of becoming the first rookie to appear in the Superbowl and potentially win the first.

Watch the best games of the rookie with the nickname Brock Purdy

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Check out rookie Brock Purdy, nicknamed “Mr. Irrelevant,” for his best plays this season. After taking over from Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers’ quarterback, he led them on a seven-game winning streak.

Check out rookie Brock Purdy, nicknamed “Mr. Irrelevant,” for his best plays this season. After taking over from Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers’ quarterback, he led them on a seven-game winning streak.

After starting the season as the third-string QB, Purdy stepped in after injuries to starting Trey Lance and backup Jimmy Garoppolo. He led San Francisco to a 5-0 record as a starter and has since won back-to-back playoffs to advance to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game.

Seahawks running back Walker led all rookies with 1,050 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, while Wilson led all rookies with 83 catches and 1,103 receiving yards.

New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner talks to Sky Sports about his team's victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and his celebrations.

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New York Jets cornerback Sous Gardner talks to Sky Sports about his team’s win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and the “cheesy” celebrations that followed.

New York Jets cornerback Sous Gardner talks to Sky Sports about his team’s win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and the “cheesy” celebrations that followed.

Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Seahawks linebacker Tariq Woolen are finalists for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Seahawks running back Geno Smith are finalists for AP Player of the Year.

Check out San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey's best games of the 2022 season.

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Check out San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey’s best games of the 2022 season.

Check out San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey’s best games of the 2022 season.

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen are finalists for AP Assistant Coach of the Year.

This was the first year of the new PA voting system. Voters chose the top five for MVP and the top three for all other awards. The first place vote for MVP was 10 points. Second through fifth place votes were worth five, three, two and one.

For all other awards, five points were awarded for first place, three points for second place, and one point for third place.

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