NFL Power Rankings: Grades and Analysis Going into Week 12

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NFL Power Rankings: Grades and Analysis Going into Week 12
Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The year of the backup quarterback, or the year of the rookie quarterback?

This is how the 2012 NFL season has felt in large part due to the pure dominance from San Francisco 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick on Monday night. Kaepernick received his first NFL start on Monday night against the Chicago Bears and simply thwarted one of pro football's best defenses.

As a result, the 49ers improved to 7-2-1 on the season and possess the NFC's second-best record. Elsewhere, we saw Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts square off vs. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately, Luck could not deliver a victory and Indy fell to 6-4.

Interestingly enough, both Kaepernick and Luck weren't the only ones at their respective roles in the spotlight last week. And it all affected the power rankings to a certain degree.

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