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10 Things We Learned About the NFL in 2012
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Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers capped off another exhilarating NFL season.

The story lines during the 2012 campaign centered around the success of the rookie quarterbacks, the newly-integrated spread option, and the final ride of one of the game’s all-time greatest linebackers.

Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson turned in historic returns from potential career-ending injuries. J.J. Watt revolutionized the 3-4 defensive end position. And the Harbaugh brothers squaring off in a Super Bowl was a first in sports history, capping off a truly illustrious year.

This year taught football fans a whole lot about the game they love, namely the following 10 things.

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