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The best tight end in the game simply has a knack for finding the end zone. With an NFL-leading 16 receiving touchdowns, few non-quarterbacks have been as valuable to their teams as Graham has been for the New Orleans Saints.
Aside from his 16 TDs, Graham racked up 1,215 receiving yards, by far tops among NFL tight ends—Jordan Cameron was second with 917.
The leading receiver for Drew Brees, Graham is one of this year's most valuable players.
The best player on the AFC's best defense, Burfict led the NFL in tackles. The Bengals hardly missed a beat when Geno Atkins went down with an injury, because Burfict carried the defense.
There is little debate that the Cincinnati Bengals would not be in their current position without Burfict's ability to tackle anything that moves on the football field.
Forte would have been higher up this list had the Bears made the playoffs, but he still had a fantastic season. His 1,339 rushing yards ranked second in the NFL, and he also compiled 594 receiving yards.
It's also not Forte's fault that the Bears failed to reach the playoffs. He did all he could in Week 17, with 157 total yards and three touchdowns.
But when you have a defense like Chicago's, a running back can only do so much to help his team.
Sherman proved he is indeed the NFL's top defensive back, leading the league with eight interceptions. His 16 pass deflections also tied him for 14th in the NFL. The best player on the NFL's best defense, Sherman certainly backed up his trash talk by coming up big this year.
Of the NFL's elite wide receivers, only Green and Demaryius Thomas played on teams that qualified for the playoffs. Green ranks above Thomas because he carried the receiving corps on Cincinnati, while Thomas had help from a pair of other top receivers (Eric Decker, Wes Welker). Also, Green didn't have Peyton Manning throwing to him.
Ninety-eight catches, 1,426 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. That's what A.J. Green was able to accomplish in 2013, and he led his team into the playoffs. Not bad.