NFL 2012: Looking Back at Most Memorable Moments of 2012 NFL Season

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Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) stiff arms Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Week by week, here are the most memorable highlights of the 2012 NFL season. Some are stories of devastating star injuries, while others note incredible comebacks. Amazing plays were made, and long-standing records were broken.

Week 1

First, Adrian Peterson makes his return to the NFL after recovering from both ACL and MCL surgery on his knee.

Then, after overcoming four neck surgeries in the off season, quarterback Peyton Manning throws three touchdown passes in his debut with the Denver Broncos. He helped the Broncos reach the playoffs as the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

Week 2

Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck led a fourth-quarter comeback against the Minnesota Vikings. It was his first of several as he led Indianapolis to a playoff berth upon ending the season with an 11-5 record.

Week 3

Mid-play, Darrelle Revis suffered a season-ending injury as he tore his ACL. Losing their star cornerback definitely didn’t bode well for the Jets defense.

In the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, the game ended with a hail marry pass by Russell Wilson. The football fell into the hands of a Green Bay defender, but was ruled a catch by Golden Tate. It was the most-known mistake of the replacement referees this season.

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