Peyton Manning has won his fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.
The Denver Broncos' record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote in balloting announced Saturday night.
Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, '04, '08 and '09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson.
No one else has won more than three NFL MVP awards.
Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA.
Earlier, Manning won his second Offensive Player of the Year award, he won his previous one in 2004 and was a runner-up to Peterson for this award as well last season.
Broncos executive John Elway accepted the award on Manning's behalf as the Broncos are preparing to play Seattle on Sunday in the Super Bowl.
The Defensive Player of the Year award went to Luke Kuechly, adding the honor to his top defensive rookie award of 2012.
Carolina's All-Pro linebacker received 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league in balloting announced Saturday night. He beat out Indianapolis All-Pro linebacker Robert Mathis, who earned 11½ votes.
Kuechly was credited with 96 tackles for a defense that allowed 241 points, fewer than any team except NFC champion Seattle. He also had four interceptions, two sacks, eight passes defensed, and was a presence from sideline to sideline on the NFL's No. 2 unit.
While Kuechly was a rookie of the year in 2012, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson captured this year's honors for the offense and defense, respectively.
A second-round pick (61st overall) out of Alabama, Lacy was a key performer in the Packers' offense, particularly when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for seven games. He rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries (4.1 average), with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions.
The first Packer to win the award since John Brockington in 1971, Lacy beat out San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, who received 12 votes.
He is the first running back to take the offensive rookie honors since Peterson in 2007.
Richardson started every game for the Jets, finishing with 3.5 sacks and 77 tackles, third-most in the league among defensive linemen, according to ESPN Stats & Information.