words // Brandon Richard
After 17 weeks of hard-hitting NFL action, the playoff picture is finally clear.
The debate for the MVP Award has been pretty heated and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson emphatically made his case on Sunday. Though he fell just 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, the man they call “All Day” ran for 199 yards and a touchdown to carry the Vikings past the Green Bay Packers and into the playoffs with a 37-34 win. Oh, and by the way, he tore his left ACL and MCL last December. MVP and Comeback Player of the Year?
Peterson’s main competition for both awards may be Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who led the Broncos to their 11th consecutive win against Kansas City. Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to cap off a stellar season after missing 2011 due to neck surgery. Coupled with the Houston Texans’ loss to Indianapolis Colts, the win gives Denver the #1 seed in the AFC. They along with the New England Patriots will receive first round byes.
You other two AFC representatives are the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, who ironically capped the season off in a game against each other. The winning Bengals will be traveling to Houston, while the Ravens will visit Indy on Sunday.
In the NFC, the playoffs will start with a rematch of Adrian Peterson’s Vikings and Aaron Rodgers’ Packers at Lambeau Field. In the other game, the Seattle Seahawks will test their road mettle against Robert Griffin III and the surprising NFC East Champion Washington Redskins.
Perhaps the most fitting of possible endings to the season, the Redskins hosted the Dallas Cowboys with the division title on the line. While RG3 gutted out a clutch performance with his ailing right knee, it was fellow rookie Alfred Morris who shouldered the load for Washington. Morris carried the ball 33 times for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns to help give the ‘Skins a 28-18 victory.
So, those are your 2012 NFL Playoff participants. Who do you think will make it to and win the big game?
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