It's Sunday, sort of.
According to the calendar and the train schedule, February 10th is a Sunday. But something feels different.
There is no football.
February 10th is the first of 30 Sundays until the 2013 NFL season kicks off in Baltimore on September 5. To ease you off your pigskin habit, here are some of the most memorable highlights from the season that concluded last week in New Orleans.
Need more football? Here's a longer look back at the 2012 season:
Although Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the HarBowl, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson may have delivered the most impressive performance of the 2012 season. Defying science and would-be tacklers, the freak (mutant, alien or what ever you want to call him) came up just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record en route to being named 2012 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. He did all of that -- started in all 16 games and rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns -- after having reconstructive knee surgery at the very end of 2011.
Peterson's comeback from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments didn't earn him the Comeback Player of the Year award though. That went to Peyton Manning, who missed an entire season after having four neck surgeries. Manning never missed a start, leading the Denver Broncos to a 13-3 record and the AFC West title.
These regular-season success stories would both come to unhappy endings in the playoffs as Flacco and Colin Kaepernick took center stage. En route to Super Bowl XLVII, Flacco bested Tom Brady up in New England while Kaepernick bested the single-game rushing total of every quarterback ever in any game. The Ravens' rise and Kaepernick's rise stole the spotlight from Peterson and Manning as well as the trio of rookie quarterbacks to start in the playoffs who made history of their own.
From Manning's 400th career touchdown pass (Week 1) to Jacoby Jones' 108-yard kickoff return in the Super Bowl, some of the most memorable plays from the season can be found above. Hopefully this will hold you over for the next 30 weekends.
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