NFL 2012: The Comeback

NFL 2012: The Comeback

Manning, Davis, Charles, Pagano, Peterson just a few of the feel-good stories
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When the season started, who could have expected Peyton Manning to recapture his MVP play so quickly with a new team? Despite a new supporting cast and a 36-year-old body he insists continues to confound him, the quintessential quarterback has had one of the best seasons in his storied career.
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A year ago, Peyton Manning had four neck operations to fix a nerve injury that had caused his right arm to atrophy and had sidelined him for an entire season. Soon, he would say a tearful farewell to Indianapolis – a city he’d put back on the NFL map – and hook up with John Elway in Denver.
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Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings’ lineup less than nine months after his knee operation, and with a league-high 1,898 yards, he’s 207 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record. He can topple it with another big game Sunday when Minnesota faces Green Bay with a playoff berth on the line for the Vikings.
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“When I asked for Bruce (Arians) to take over, I asked for him to kick some you-know-what and to do great. Damn, Bruce, you had to go and win nine games?” Pagano said. “Tough act to follow.”
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Jamaal Charles missed nearly all of 2011 with a torn left ACL. Yet the former All-Pro running back has run for 1,456 yards, the seventh-best season in franchise history. He can break his single-season-high set in 2010 with 12 yards against the Broncos on Sunday.
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In any other year, the zenith of comebacks might be that of Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, who battled back from three torn right ACLs – in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – to be a major contributor to the Panthers this year. No other player in NFL history has returned after tearing the same ACL three separate times.
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