NFL: Peyton vs. Brady and the Most Anticipated QB Duels of the 2012 Season

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NFL: Peyton vs. Brady and the Most Anticipated QB Duels of the 2012 Season
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By some, 2012 was dubbed the "Year of the Quarterback"—and for good reason.

We witnessed record-breaking displays from Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who broke Dan Marino's long-standing record for yards thrown in a single 16-game season, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who broke the same record in another stellar season. Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning had an excellent season, too, emphasized by some clutch performances in the postseason.

And then there were the breakout performances by Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford and Panthers rookie Cam Newton, adding new names to the ongoing debate about the league's best men under center. And there was also the small matter of that man Aaron Rodgers, who had one of the most consistent seasons for a quarterback in league history, leading his Green Bay Packers to a 15-1 record and taking home the league's MVP award.

With quarterbacks playing such a pivotal role in the fortunes of many teams in the NFL, games which feature two of the league's elite always seem that little bit more special. Here are 12 of those such games, which look to be the most anticipated in the 2012 season.

Note: The list does not include any divisional games. Although there are some notable candidates from these games, they do happen every year and, as a result, aren't as unique as those selected here.

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