The final NFL regular season script has been written—with the exception of the NFC East champion. Week 17 ended with a bang for some and a whimper for others.
Calvin Johnson just missed 2,000 receiving yards in a season. Adrian Peterson reached 2,000 rushing yards, but he fell short of the single-season rushing record.
All in all, It was an eventful week in the NFL.
Let's take a look at the biggest stories, but first...
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There Will Be a New Super Bowl Champion
The New York Giants have gone from Super Bowl champions to out of the playoffs the following season.
Despite smashing the pitiful Philadelphia Eagles, 42-7, in Andy Reid's Philly finale, the G-Men's awakening proved to be too late. Eli Manning threw five touchdown passes, and the Giants ran for 185 yards to destroy the Eagles.
So much for Philly sending Reid out of town with a spirited effort. The team looked terrible on defense and offense.
This was a sad performance that was indicative of a dreadful season.
Today's 42-7 win clinches the #Giants a 9am tee time next Sunday and each Sunday during the playoffs through the Super Bowl. Congrats!— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 30, 2012
The Houston Texans Are Reeling
At one point in the season, the Texans looked like a sure-fire Super Bowl favorite. After closing the season losing three of their last four, they look like anything but a contender.
They lost the season finale to the Indianapolis Colts, 28-16.
The Colts picked off Matt Schaub twice, and Andrew Luck threw for two scores. At this rate, you have to wonder whether the Texans can even win a playoff game.
Because of their loss and the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots wins, the Texans have fallen to the No. 3 seed.
They will host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs.
BREAKING: To appropriately prepare their fans for the playoffs, the Houston #Texans will be changing their name to the Houston Oneanddones— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 30, 2012
Over-simplified, but #Texans never recovered from loss of Brian Cushing. Defense has been completely different without him.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 30, 2012
Purple Jesus Leads the Vikes to Promised Land
Adrian Peterson played like an MVP on Sunday.
Behind another awesome performance from the world's greatest RB, the Vikings punched their ticket to the NFC playoffs.
Peterson fell just nine yards short of the single-season rushing record, but the playoffs aren't a bad consolation prize. He had an old-school 34 rushing attempts, and he produced 199 yards on the ground.
I have been saying Peyton Manning deserved to win the MVP since Week 7, but not anymore. Peterson's run that made Blair Walsh's game-winning field goal a little more than an extra point changed my mind.
Christian Ponder played well for the Vikings too. He didn't turn the ball over, and he threw three touchdown passes. Without him, they would not have pulled out the 37-34 thriller.
A year removed from ACL surgery and Adrian Peterson was 9 yards short of the single-season rushing record. My vote for MVP #Vikings— Terrence Payne (@terrence_payne) December 30, 2012
Denver Broncos Are AFC's Best
Peyton Manning and Co. rode an 11-game win streak to the top seed in the AFC. They destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3 to close out an impressive 13-3 regular season.
Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to put his stamp on his case for an MVP season.
The Broncos gave the lowly Chiefs the winter off, but now they will have to prove they can beat quality teams. Of their 13 wins, only two have come against teams with a winning record.
They have earned a first-round bye with the conference's best record.
Bears 28, Lions 26
Adrian Peterson - you killer of dreams, curse you #Bears— Sean Heffernan (@Sean_Heffernan) December 30, 2012
Buccaneers 22, Falcons 17
#Buccaneers Josh Freeman is the first QB in team history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in a single season.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) December 30, 2012
Bills 28, Jets 9
Okay Woody, the next move is yours. Your team is a punch line. Your fan base is disgusted. So... What are you going to do? #Jets— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 30, 2012
Bengals 23, Ravens 17
Texans have failed to top 16 points in 3 last 4 games. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 30, 2012
Titans 38, Jaguars 20
Panthers 44, Saints 38
Underlooked today was 4th straight W for #Panthers to get them to 7-9. Nice job Cam Newton responding to critics and slow start.— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) December 30, 2012
Steelers 24, Browns 10
The Packers might not resign Greg Jennings??? The #Steelers need to dump diva Mike Wallace & his Larry Fitz delusions & just signJennings.— Amber Lee (@blamberr) December 30, 2012
49ers 27, Cardinals 13
Chargers 24, Raiders 21
Patriots 28, Dolphins 0
Seahawks 20 , Rams 13
#Seahawks Russell Wilson: tied Peyton Manning's record for most TD passes in season by a rookie— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 30, 2012
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