Moment 29 Simply The Best

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February 04, 2012

Aaron Rodgers wins his first NFL MVP award, receiving 48 of a possible 50 votes, in a record-setting campaign that sees the Packers finish the regular season 15-1.

In setting the NFL single-season record for passer rating at 122.5, Rodgers set franchise records for touchdown passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3) and 300-yard games (eight), among others, all in 15 games.

The Packers began the season 13-0, running their winning streak to 19 games dating back to the start of the run to the Super Bowl title the previous December. They clinched the NFC North title with three games remaining and the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with one game to go, allowing Rodgers to sit out the regular-season finale, when backup Matt Flynn threw a team-record six touchdown passes.

Rodgers won a second MVP three years later, in part thanks to a dramatic return from a calf injury in Week 17 vs. Detroit, helping the Packers win the division title and earn a first-round playoff bye.

After originally injuring the calf the week before at Tampa Bay, Rodgers reinjured it against the Lions on a short touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. He exited the game, Detroit rallied, and the Lambeau Field crowd began chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” when he re-emerged from the tunnel in the second half to pilot the Packers to victory.
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