The 2012 NFL regular season came to a thrilling conclusion in Landover, Maryland last night, and it's hard not to look back on the last 17 weeks without some mixed emotions. We saw some teams implode while others emerged from irrelevance to transform the game as we know it. Records were broken and parity reigned supreme, while we also experienced tragedies that far transcended football.
2012 was an exhilarating season full of ups, downs and everything in between. However, it was also the first season since 1996 in which the playoffs did not see a turnover of at least five teams from the year before.
We will watch the usual suspects in Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers quarterbacking their teams towards Super Bowl glory; but, the old guards will have to defend their home fields against the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.
The playoffs are just around the corner. However, for many fans, the experiences and emotions of this season are still very raw. Let's take a look at the final power rankings for the 2012 NFL regular season.