Adrian Peterson was nine yards short of breaking the single-season rushing record on Sunday
Minnesota Vikings/Adrian Peterson: A+
How hard were NFL fans rooting for the Vikings to miss the field goal at the end of regulation, in order to have the game go into overtime and give Adrian Peterson another chance at breaking the single-season record for yards by a running back? There have been many feel-good stories of the season: RGIII and the Redskins, Andrew Luck and the Colts, but the Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings storyline takes the cake this season. Minnesota could have easily been a four win team without Peterson, and instead, are in the playoffs with a real shot at winning making a deep run. If Peterson doesn’t win the MVP award it’s a travesty.
Washington Redskins: A
The Redskins played a huge game on Sunday, and as much as people thought it was a formality, won a game that they didn’t necessarily have to win. Dallas was the more experienced team with the more experience quarterback and probably should have won the game. But, unfortunately, the Cowboys are still the Cowboys, and crumbled under the pressure like always. RGIII will matchup against fellow rookie QB sensation Russell Wilson next week in what should be a fantasic game. The only question left is, who the heck is going to win the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award?
New York Giants C
The New York Giants decided to finally win a game, that ultimately turned out to be too little too late. The team looked great in dismantling a train-wreck of an Eagles team, but was eliminated from the playoffs before they could even celebrate by virtue of a Bears win against the Lions. The Giants missed a gold opportunity to defend their Super Bowl title during a year that does not have an overwhelming favorite heading into the playoffs. New York took the season for granted, and didn’t deserve to backdoor their way into the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers: C
The Packers felt like the Grinch that stole Christmas on Sunday by trying to stop the Vikings from making the playoffs and Adrian Peterson from breaking the single-season rushing record during a game that became meaningless to them, as San Francisco was in the process of locking up the No. 2 seed. I’m not saying that Green Bay should have just let Peterson break the record, but there was a point late in the third quarter where they could have packed up their bags and rested their starters. Shame on you Green Bay!
The Houston Texans' late season woe's dropped them to the No. 3 seed in the AFC
Houston Texans: D
Weren’t the Houston Texans 11-1 just a few weeks ago? The team went on a free fall during the last four weeks of the season and lost two straight and three of their last four—that’s probably not the best way to enter the playoffs. Houston will host the surging Bengals next week, who have won seven of their last eight games.
New York Jets: F
The Jets finished the season in a very typical Jets way: an embarrassing loss, filled with too many mistakes. Mark Sanchez was, of course, sacked a handful of times, threw his typical interception and lost a fumble. Between Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy, what’s the over/under on the number of plays that comeback next year? 1.5?