It makes sense that the best passer-rating season of all time would be the best MVP season of the past 10 years, right? Aaron Rodgers barely broke Peyton Manning's 2004 mark, but he beat Manning in other ways, too.
While Manning threw 49 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2004, Rodgers threw 45 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2011. The latter is much better, and Rodgers also put up the better yards per attempt.
This is a close call, but Rodgers edges out Manning in the most important stats. Manning won in total touchdowns, but by just three total.