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2012 NFL Regular Season Comes To An End

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NFLThe 2012 National Football League regular season came to a close this Sunday with a memorable day of football.   For the most part, the favorites brought home the victory but, in at least 4 games, the dogs had their day…..and a few good teams played their last football for 2012.  The Bears, the Giants, the Steelers are now done for the season.

The Atlanta Falcons have won the NFC, hands down…..but, even though they were favored by 3 points over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Falcons were shut out in the 4th quarter and lost the game to the Bucs by a final score of 22-17.

Chalk up one for the dogs.

Next came the Houston Texans, who earlier in the season seemed unstoppable.  The Texans went into the game as 6.5 point favorites but they had not counted on Luck…..Andrew Luck that is….and the huge boost in spirit that the Colts team received from the return of Head Coach Chuck Pagano to the field for the first time in weeks, appearing to have won his battle against leukemia.  Houston was clearly not ready for the Colts this Sunday.  Indianapolis led throughout the contest by scoring 7 points in each quarter for a final score of 28-16.

With the return of Sean Payton having just been announced for a further 5 years in New Orleans, speculation was high that the Saints would get on the wave and beat the Panthers to finish out this terrible season at .500….but that was not to be.

Cam Newton and Carolina had a hell of a game against Drew Brees and company. Both the Saints and the Panthers have been eliminated from the playoffs and are already rebuilding for next year.

Final score in New Orleans: Panthers 44-Saints 38. Hope you had the over!

A lot of people were counting on Green Bay to knock off the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.  They gave it their best shot but Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson stole the show as he topped the 2,000 yard rushing mark for the season and came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s long standing single season rushing record.

The score was tied at 34 all late in the fourth quarter when Adrian Peterson, once again, ran for 28 yards to set up the game winning field goal.

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