The New York Giants won six straight games to close out the 2011 season, finishing with a 21-17 upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. You can point to Eli Manning’s consistent calm under pressure, Victor Cruz’s game-changing speed, or the defensive line’s fearless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks as the main reason behind Big Blue's second Super Bowl in five seasons. You could just as easily point to Tony Romo’s inability to connect with Miles Austin on a third-and-5 pass during the fourth quarter of a Week 14 game that would have given the Cowboys the NFC East, eight dropped passes by Packers receivers in an NFC divisional round battle at Lambeau, or San Francisco punt returner Kyle Williams’ inability to hold on to the ball in overtime of a rain-soaked NFC championship game. Turns out Oliver Stone was right on the money in “Any Given Sunday.” Football really is a game of inches. So what inches will dictate the seismic shifts that the 2012 NFL season will encounter on its way to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans? With camps over, the preseason in the books and cut-down day behind us, here are my 10 things that will make or break the 2012 NFL season. - Peter Schrager
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