Now that the 2012 NFL regular season is behind us, we can take a look back with some perspective upon the moments that truly mattered. Like any season, there were big hits, great catches and fancy footwork. But this year had something special too, something that will likely be the enduring image of football in 2012: Chuckstrong. It wasn’t just Chuckstrong that made this season memorable, though. We had the replacement ref debacle, saw the single-season receiving yards record fall, the single-season rushing yards record come within yards of falling, rookies establish themselves as stars for years to come and a future Hall of Famer rise from the ashes on a new team. It was a year where the old guard (Patriots, Packers, whoever Peyton Manning plays for) and the new (Seahawks, Texans, 49ers) meshed together to form the league’s elite teams.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Kansas City Chiefs sucked so much that as of this moment the @saveourchiefs Twitter account has 92,574 followers. As the playoffs get going and fans’ focus begins to shift, let’s take a look back at the 50 Best GIFS from the 2012 NFL Season.