NFL delivered a special season

Originally Published: February 7, 2012
By Melissa Jacobs

One moment, Super Bowl XLVI was coming down to one play. More than 110 million Americans felt a shared, palpable intensity.

The next, the ball hit the ground in the end zone, a foot away from the hands of Rob Gronkowski. In that moment, Giants quarterback Eli Manning became "elite," Patriots QB Tom Brady heartbroken and the Giants Super Bowl champions.

And just like that, the best NFL season we have seen in years was over.

What made this season ...

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