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NFL MVP 2012: Predictions for Top Candidates
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Though neither of their teams are making the trip to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 NFL MVP award has long been seen as a two-man race between Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning.

Both battled back from debilitating injuries and returned at peak form, leading their teams to the playoffs with weekly spectacular performances. They're deservedly the favorites and it's highly likely that one will ultimately walk away with the Associated Press' MVP trophy. 

Nevertheless, there are other candidates who have a (slight) chance at pulling off a shocking upset. J.J. Watt ascended to superstardom in his second NFL season, while guys like Matt Ryan did the same later on in their careers.

In the interest of keeping the "balloting" rational, we're only going to check in with the five players who actually have a chance at winning the award. So with apologies to Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and a couple others, here is a complete breakdown of the field for the 2012 NFL MVP award. 

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