Brees, who won the award in 2008 as well, received 43 votes from a panel of 50 media members while Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the other seven votes.
Brees broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old record by passing for 5,476 yards. His 468 completions broke Peyton Manning's 2010 record of 450. Brees also finished the season with a 71.6 percent completion percentage, breaking his own 2009 NFL record (70.6%).
The signal-caller threw for more than 300 yards passing for seven straight games and 13 times during the season, both beating league marks he already held. The Saints' offense flourished around him, setting single-season records for offensive yards with 7,474 and first downs with 416.
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