7 signs of the Mayan apocalypse from the 2012 NFL season

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If the Mayans are correct, the world will end tomorrow.  That, or they just got tired of scribbling in their calendars so far in advance. Nevertheless, while it’s up to you to believe or not believe, one cannot deny that the writing has been on the wall throughout this crazy NFL season. That’s right, if you’ve been paying attention there have been several signs in the NFL that the world could in fact be ending on Friday, December 21, 2012. Seven of them, in fact, by our unofficial and highly speculative calculations. If you’ve found more, feel free to leave them in the comments below, before it’s too late.

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7) The superhuman recoveries of Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning

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Sure, Peyton Manning’s recovery may have not been as marvelous as Adrian Peterson’s return from an ACL and MCL tear, but the fact that two prominent players returned from such serious injuries only to put up career numbers could easily be interpreted as a sign that the end is nigh.

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6) Three long-standing records could be beaten in 2012

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Jerry Rice’s receiving record, Eric Dickerson’s rushing record, and Michael Strahan’s sack record all could be eclipsed in the same year. These records have stood for a combined 56 years, yet they could all go down in one single season. Had all of these fallen last season after the lock-out when offenses were running wild, that might have made more sense. But for all of these records to be threatened in a normal NFL season surely indicates that the Mayans may not have been as off-their-rocker as we previously thought.

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5) Three rookie quarterbacks could be starting in the 2012 playoffs

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No more than two rookie QBs have ever started for their team in the playoffs, so if three rookies pull that off this season, it’d be unprecedented. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson all have a very good chance of starting in the playoffs. So I guess it makes sense if the world would end before it can see this happen.

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4) The replacement refs

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It’d be a dark form of poetic justice if the last season of the NFL was the one in which we saw the replacement referees make a mockery of officiating for the first three weeks of the season. But, perhaps that’s just the universe’s way of mocking us for our fanatical obsession with the game of football.

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3) Rex Ryan apologized for his Super Bowl guarantee from last year

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Rather than yet again tooting his own horn and predicting the New York Jets to make the Super Bowl, coach Rex Ryan this time apologized for his previous bombast. Perhaps Rex was trying to make amends before the world ended and improve his chances of passing through the pearly gates uninhibited. But if that was his whole intent, he really should have been starting Tim Tebow from week 1 on.

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2) The Super Bowl champion New York Giants lost the NFL season opener

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For eight straight years prior to 2012, the defending Super Bowl champion had won the mid-week kickoff game of the NFL season.  In 2012, the New York Giants were upset by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys breaking the streak. Granted, this could also attributed to Victor Cruz’s case of the dropsies, but believers will tell you it was a sign of the coming apocalypse and nothing else.

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1) There was no Tim Tebow magic

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The most ominous harbinger of the impending apocalypse from the 2012 NFL season was the lack of any sort of Tim Tebow magic to help the New York Jets make an unlikely playoff run. If the almighty power of Tim Tebow has evaporated, then this truly might be the end of days.

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