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Top 5 NFL story lines

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NFL story lines in 2012

5
Replacement referees Think they had a negative impact? Take away that Hail Mary against Seattle and the Packers have a bye, the Seahawks are out, Bears are in.
4
The Colts They released Peyton Manning, drafted Andrew Luck, temporarily lost their coach to cancer. And they made the playoffs.
3
Rookie QBs Along with Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are in the playoffs. Maybe the best QB draft since 1983.
2
Adrian Peterson Fine, it's a quarterback league. But his story is almost every bit as good as Manning's.
1
Peyton Manning So why is Manning No. 1? Because he changed teams. Many thought he was done. He's not.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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