The Unexpected (and expected) for week 13: Return of the Tie?

It’s week 13 and the playoff picture is becoming clearer, as the Falcons, Patriots, Texans, and Broncos all clinched a playoff appearance. What isn’t becoming clearer is the quarterback situation in New York. Or how in the world Adrian Peterson healed from his ACL surgery so quickly and continues to ravage opposing defenses.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get to the Unexpected (and expected) from week 13.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Adrian Peterson
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Everyone loves a good comeback story. Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, heck, we’d probably even embrace Charlie Sheen if he… well, maybe that’s a stretch.

Nevertheless, the most incredible comeback story of the year is Adrian Peterson. You know the drill, torn ACL, super human recovery, leads the NFL in rushing, blah blah blah. What was unexpected was his 210 yard thrashing of the Green Bay Packers defense. The man continues to amaze.

Oh, and this. Can’t foresee the Packers calling this play again any time soon.

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49ers vs. Rams Episode II: Return of the Tie
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When these two teams last met the result was the NFL’s first tie in four years, and when they squared off again on Sunday it appeared as if we were headed for a similar result. It would have been the first time since the NFL instituted overtime in 1974 that the same two teams tied twice in one season. Stat nerds were salivating at the chance to drop that nugget on their friends in bar bets.

Instead, Legtatron kicked this 54-yard field goal to give the Rams the win. Now they’ll have to read up on Jack “Soapy” Shapiro to win that bar bet next week.

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Sit Down, Sanchez
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Good things come in bunches, right? Not if you’re Mark Sanchez.

Rex Ryan decided it was time to begin the Greg McElroy era, and McElroy responded with his first career touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. Fantasy players everywhere rejoiced. Not.

Granted, there wasn’t a Cardinal defender within 10 feet of Cumberland, so we’ll see how McElroy fares next week when he has to actually differentiate between teams, which has proven difficult for any Jets quarterback to start in the last decade.

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AARP Player of the Week
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Alright, maybe an AARP slam is a bit harsh since Charlie Batch is six years younger than the oldest QB to win an NFL game, but considering Batch was slinging passes for the Lions when Barry Sanders was still in the league, it’s somewhat warranted.

Batch and the Steeler’s gutsy performance on Sunday to upset the Ravens 23-20 and keep their playoff hopes alive was one of the more heartwarming moments of the week.

Unless, of course, you saw this happen.

I dare you not to say “Awwwwwww.”

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Rookie Heroics/Games of the Day
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The mass media’s love affair with rookie sensations Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson has been well documented all season. So forgive me as I gush over the remarkable drives these two led for wins in the 4th quarter and overtime, respectively.

We’ve been flirting with the notion for awhile, and it’s finally time to just get it out there – these two need to be included in the MVP discussion. Not saying they should win, but what these two have done for their teams is worthy of even greater recognition than we in the media pour on them week after week.

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