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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to win the NFL MVP Award.

That's why many are asking themselves, on the cusp of Super Bowl LI and Ryan's potential coronation as the elite quarterback, foretold when he was drafted in 2008, whether this breakout season is an aberration or the next step in his development.

Because why wouldn't he win this award if he's the Offensive Player of the Year and MVP.

Matt Ryan was named the NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year during the NFL Honors program at Wortham Theater Center. Ryan also finished the year averaging 9.26 yards per pass attempt.

Ryan looked like he had peaked and was trending downward last season. The payoff for such work: A 14-yard touchdown run against Green Bay in the NFC Championship that was as energizing as it was unexpected. He has won over the Falcons fans and the city of Atlanta. "In this day and age, there are a lot of guys who come on the scene and have that great year and then they're not that guy the rest of their career". Brady got a break to win No. 4 against Seattle two years ago when Malcolm Butler made a game-saving interception in the end zone, and receiving more help like that is asking too much.

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You just assume that every quarterback in the National Football League works hard in game prep, that each grasps the responsibility that goes with the position and drowns himself in the game all week long.

"I think it's just one of those things, as a team, we hit our stride", Ryan said.

But the playoff appearances weren't translating to Super Bowls. He received 37 out of 50 votes, winning in a landslide over Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who got 10 votes. "It's really cool when you see someone put that much in and you get the results".

Brady had a great year- one of the best in his storied career- but he had the good fortune of playing with the #1 scoring defenses in the league, while playing four fewer games than Ryan. And the year prior, Larry Brown outplayed Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin en route to MVP honors. The team's 13-3 record was the best of any team with Garrett as a head coach. He posted just the fourth season with 300-plus passing yards per game and a passer rating higher than 115, joining future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

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