NFL Watch // Playoff Picture Set

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.

NFC Bye Weeks in go to the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

So, those are your 2012 NFL Playoff participants. Who do you think will make it to and win the big game?

While you wait for kickoff this weekend, check out some of the football cleats worn during the final week of the regular season in today’s NFL Watch.

images courtesy of Yahoo

NFL Watch // Playoff Picture Set

Adrian Peterson wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 Blackout

Adrian Peterson finds paydirt in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Josh Freeman wearing Jordan Super.Fly Turf PE

Josh Freeman drops pack in a Turf PE version of the Jordan Super.Fly.

Stevie Johnson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro PE

Stevie Johnson reacts after making a tough catch in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.

Andy Dalton wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro PE

Andy Dalton passes in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.

Ben Roethlisberger wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro Low PE

Ben Roethlisberger scrambles in a low-cut variation of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.

Brandon Marshall wearing Reebok Zig Football Cleats

Brandon Marshall runs for a first down after making a catch in Zig Reebok football cleats.

Chris Johnson wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Chris Johnson rushes in the upcoming Alpha Pro 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Victor Cruz wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low PE

Victor Cruz tosses his Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low PE cleats to a fan.

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight Low Cleats

Cam Newton passes in his Cam Highlight Low Under Armour football cleats.

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Andrew Luck drops back in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.

Rob Gronkowski wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Rob Gronkowski makes a touchdown reception in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Von Miller wearing adidas Malice 2 Fly

Von Miller lines up in the adidas Malice 2 Fly.

Philip Rivers wearing Custom Reebok Football Cleats

Philip Rivers calls out a play in custom Reebok football cleats.

Frank Gore wearing adidas adizero 5-Star Low

Frank Gore runs in the adidas adizero 5-Star Low.

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 Black

Russell Wilson throws in Alpha Pro 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Robert Griffin III wearing adidas SuperCharge Black

Robert Griffin III looks on in SuperCharge adidas football cleats.