Jefferson and Kelce were the only two players to get first-team votes from all 50 voters who decide the Associated Press All-Pro ballot. Jefferson has 128 catches for 1,809 yards and eight scores while Kelce was once again the standard-bearer at tight end with 110 catches for 1,338 yards and a career-high 12 scores.
The Chiefs and 49ers each had four players selected to the first team, with punter Tommy Townsend joining Mahomes, Jones and Kelce. LB Fred Warner and S Talanoa Hufanga were also selected from the 49ers. The Raiders had three players on the first team despite a disappointing season. WR Davante Adams was chosen in his first year in Las Vegas and he was joined by RB Josh Jacobs and K Daniel Carlson on the list.
The Buffalo Bills had just one selection with LB Matt Milano and no one from the Cincinnati Bengals made the first team. The Bengals and Bills will face each other in the divisional round of the playoffs if they both win on Sunday.
Mahomes the MVP?
Mahomes getting all but one of the first-team votes at QB likely means he has his second MVP award all but sewn up. The voting bloc that selects the All-Pro team is also the one that picks the MVP. If nearly everyone thinks he was the best QB in the NFL this season, it’s hard to see how he won’t be the MVP.
Mahomes set the record for total offense by a QB with a league-leading 5,250 pass yards and 41 passing TDs. He also rushed for 358 yards and a career-high four rushing TDs. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts received the other first-team vote.
The Chiefs are set to host a divisional round game after getting the top seed in the AFC with a 14-3 record. If the Chiefs advance to the AFC title game and play the Bills, KC will technically be the host of a fifth consecutive conference championship game but the game will be played in Atlanta because the Bills ended up with one fewer game than the Chiefs.
How the voting worked
This All-Pro ballot was the first time with the AP’s 3-1 voting system. Players selected to a voter’s first team received three points while a second-team player received one point. The player with the most points at a position was selected to the first team.
Mahomes, Bosa and Jones were each named to the second team by the voters who didn’t put them on the first team.
AP NFL All-Pro first team
QB: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
RB: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
TE: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
WR: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
WR: Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
LT: Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
C: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Edge: Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
Edge: Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys
DT: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
LB: Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers
LB: Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills
CB: Sauce Gardner, New York Jets
CB: Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos
S: Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers
K: Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders
P: Tommy Townsend, Kansas City Chiefs
PR: Marcus Jones, New England Patriots
LS: Andrew DePaola, Minnesota Vikings
QB: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
RB: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
TE: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
WR: AJ Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
WR: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
WR: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
LG: Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs
C: Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs
Edge: Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
Edge: Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles
DT: Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants
LB: CJ Mosley, New York Jets
CB: Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers
CB: James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles
S: Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
S: Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos