What would the 2012 NFL season look like in illustrations?
Pixar animator Austin Madison answered that question for football fans with a series of detailed drawings of a handful of games that took place during the 2012-13 campaign.
OK, on to the pictures...
Saints vs. Panthers
Had to kick this off with the Boondock Saints theme. As the illustration shows, the season series between these NFC South rivals was tightly contested. The Panthers actually won both meetings, 35-27 and 44-38.
Broncos vs. Falcons
A creative interpretation of the Falcons. Star Wars fans are happy. This drawing shows the Week 2 Monday Night Football contest when Atlanta intercepted Peyton Manning three times en route to a 27-21 win.
Panthers vs. Raiders
The Panthers and Raiders' affair wasn't pretty, but the Cats won 17-6 behind a strong defensive performance and 230 total yards from quarterback Cam Newton.
Bengals vs. Texans
When we think Texas, we think Walker, Texas Ranger. Well, at least some of us do. Here, Mr. Chuck Norris himself is delivering his vaunted roundhouse kick to KO the Bengals. Houston won the opening-round playoff battle 19-13.
49ers vs. Packers
How about that portrayal of a 49er? Perfect. Dicing right through the triangle of cheese, similar to the way Colin Kaepernick diced through Green Bay's defense in the 45-31 postseason victory. Love the brass knuckle, too.
Bills vs. Jaguars
The best picture of the collection. The Bills—Murray, Clinton, Gates and Cosby—living in the lap of luxury with their Jaguar-skin furniture and decor. Buffalo beat Jacksonville 34-18 thanks to 232 total yards on the ground.
Packers vs. Seahawks
Who can forget the Packers-Seahawks controversial clash? The Seahawks truly did irritate the Packers all evening, sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times in Seattle on their way to a thrilling and disputed 14-12 win.
Jets vs. Patriots
The Patriots narrowly escaped the Jets in the first meeting, but New England certainly was locked in on New York the second time around on Thanksgiving, riding five turnovers—including the Mark Sanchez butt fumble—to a 49-19 destruction.
Redskins vs. Buccaneers
It wasn't easy, but the Redskins valiantly overtook the Buccaneers' ship. Robert Griffin III orchestrated a late-game drive that culminated with a 41-yard Billy Cundiff winner.
Bengals vs. Chiefs
Ah, a fresh take on the Chiefs. This time, the Halo version. Though the Chief has all the ammunition to shoot down a Bengal, this picture shows the cat moments away from victory. Cincinnati won going away, 28-6.
49ers vs. Cardinals
Poor Cardinals. No, not the birds, the Roman Catholic Church dignitaries. It's true, the 49ers were waiting. Arizona lost 11 of its last 12 games, including the season finale against San Francisco.
Giants vs. Steelers
The big, bad Giants were leading at halftime in their Week 9 matchup with the gritty, blue-collar Steelers and took a 20-10 advantage into the fourth quarter. But a 51-yard touchdown strike from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace and a one-yard Isaac Redman TD plunge led the resilient city of Pittsburgh to victory.
Eagles vs. Lions
The Eagles all but officially beat the Lions in their Week 6 game. Down 23-13 late in the fourth quarter, Detroit mounted a ferocious comeback, tying Philadelphia on a Jason Hanson field goal with three seconds left. Then, the Lions won in overtime.
Ravens vs. Bengals
A Raven over a Bengal? In the Pixar world, it's possible. This sketch is clearly referring to Baltimore's Week 1 44-13 devouring of Cincinnati. Joe Flacco went for 299 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Ravens blew a 17-10 halftime score wide open in the final two stanzas.
Steelers vs. Chargers
Another imaginative adaptation, this time showing the San Diego "cell phone" Chargers. Despite managing only 294 total yards, Philip Rivers led his club to a rather stunning 34-24 win in the Steel City.
Vikings vs. Rams
This picture shows a colossal Viking seconds after launching a cute, little Ram off the edge of a cliff. Yikes. Maybe the Viking drawn was Adrian Peterson—the Minnesota star ran for 212 yards on 24 carries in the 36-22 triumph.
Colts vs. Browns
Bruce Arians was able to pull his Colt from the Brown wave, as Andrew Luck and Indianapolis crept past a pesky Cleveland team 17-13 in Week 7.
Texans vs. Jets
Chuck Norris and his roundhouse kick would appear twice in this series. This time, it produced enough force to take down a Jet. In a rather sloppy Monday Night Football affair, Houston was the better team, and emerged victorious 23-17.
Ravens vs. Patriots
This picture likely alludes to the thrilling 31-30 Ravens' win over the Patriots in Week 3 of the regular season. A Justin Tucker field goal just squeezed inside the right upright as time expired.
Bears vs. Cardinals
The Cardinals were safe in hiding, but the monstrous Bear found them. Sounds a lot like the game between Chicago and Arizona in 2012. The Bears led 21-6 at the half, and a Charles Tillman third-quarter pick-six halted any ideas of a comeback.
Dolphins vs. Titans
The Dolphins were only able to spike a football into the eye of the mighty Sea Titan as these two battled in Week 10. Tennessee got out to a 14-0 lead and never looked backed. The Titans left Miami 37-3 winners.
Super Bowl XLVII
This year's Super Bowl was all about the battle between the Harbaugh Brothers. What an exquisite representation of John and Jim. Actually, didn't Jim make that exact face about 10 times during the game?
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