The 2012 season will forever be remembered as the year of the rookie quarterback, as a trio of rookies led their respective teams into the postseason: Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins and Russell Wilson with the Seattle Seahawks.
Each became the talk of the league at one point or another: Luck for his seven fourth-quarter comeback victories, Griffin for his incredible highlight-reel combination of passing and running and Wilson for his late-game and late-season brilliance.
Oh, and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took over for the veteran Alex Smith in the middle of the season, leading the 49ers to within three points of a Super Bowl title. Kaepernick was technically a second-year player but he's had even less playing time than the three rookies.
But those four weren't the only quarterbacks filling the stat sheets and setting records. They were just the most talked-about.
Overall, the 2012 year was a wild one for quarterbacks.
Peyton Manning rebounded from four neck surgeries to come within a few votes of collecting his fifth Most Valuable Player award. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees turned in their usual dominant seasons but failed to add another Super Bowl title to their already-impressive resumes. Matt Ryan enjoyed a breakout season, as well as his first playoff victory.
And, of course, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became the surprising Super Bowl champion after a historic postseason run that saw him throw 11 touchdowns against zero interceptions, equaling Joe Montana's brilliance from 1989. The NFC's equivalent of Eli Manning, Flacco will undoubtedly receive one of the largest contracts in NFL history this offseason.
The following 10 slides will highlight the most shocking, surprising and even ridiculous stats by quarterbacks this season, beginning in reverse order.