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Top Stories of 2012, No. 3: Tom Brady puts together MVP-caliber season 12.31.12 at 7:44 am ET
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Over the final week of 2012, will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 3: Tom Brady’s MVP-caliber season.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical
No. 5: Celtics’ Eastern Conference finals loss to Heat
No. 4: Red Sox’ megatrade with Dodgers

Only four players in NFL history have won at least three MVP awards. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who on Sunday wrapped up a terrific regular season, has a chance to join that group.

Brady threw for 4,827 yards and 34 touchdowns this season while only being intercepted eight times. He led the Patriots to a 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

In a 42-14 victory over the Texans on Dec. 10, Brady was hearing “MVP” chants from the Gillette Stadium crowd, and in his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan the next day he acknowledged it.

“I heard it. I’m very flattered to even be considered for something like that,” Brady said. “Honestly, the most important thing for me is winning games and enjoying it with my teammates. Everything that I do is dependent on them, on the group of guys that I play with, and the successful years we’ve had with our team has been all about team football. That’s what our team has been built on, and that’s what our team is about.”

Other top candidates for MVP include Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards (2,096 — just nine short of the NFL single-season record) and led the Vikings to a 10-6 record and their first playoff berth since 2009. Manning, who already has four MVPs, returned from a year off to pass for 37 touchdowns and lead the Broncos to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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Rams’ Steven Jackson passes Eric Dickerson as all-time franchise rusher 10.24.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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With a three-yard scamper near midfield in the second quarter of Sunday’€™s game, St. Louis running back Steven Jackson has become the Rams’€™ all-time leading rusher. Jackson passed Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, who gained 7,245 yards for the Rams in his tenure from 1983-87.

With minutes left in Sunday’€™s game against Tampa Bay, Jackson has carried 22 times for 110 yards. Jackson, 27, joined Dickerson and Marshall Faulk as the only Rams players to record at least 25 100-yard rushing performances for the Rams in Week 6. Jackson recorded his 26th 100-yard game against Tampa Bay.

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