The NFL today announced the five finalists for the 2012 GMC “Never Say Never Moment of the Year” – the best moment or play of the year that represents determination and perseverance. Giants’ WR Victor Cruz is in the running.
From the NFL:
The winner will be presented the award in New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XLVII, at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, 9-11 p.m. EST on CBS.
The five finalists were selected among 17 of the most memorable GMC Never Say Never Moments during the 2012 NFL season. Each week the NFL selected three nominees for the moments of the week in which the fans voted for the winner on NFL.com/GMC.
A look at the nominees:
Torrey Smith leads Ravens to emotional win: Less than 24 hours after his brother had died in a motorcycle accident, Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith, despite permission by his coach to sit out Sunday night’s game, wanted to play in the Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots. In one of the NFL’s most inspirational individual performances, Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ come-from-behind victory over New England on Sunday Night Football.
Drew Brees tops record in Saints’ first win: Hall of Fame QB Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass stood unchallenged for more than a half century. The amazing mark of 47 games with a scoring strike was finally usurped by New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees in Week 5 against his former team, the San Diego Chargers. Brees set a new record of 48 consecutive games with a touchdown pass throwing a 40-yard touchdown to WR Devery Henderson in the first quarter of the Saints’ 31-24 win, the team’s first after an 0-4 start.
Peyton Manning directs Broncos to comeback win: Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning added another dramatic chapter to his storied NFL career in the Broncos’ 35-24 Week 6 comeback win over the San Diego Chargers. In leading the Broncos to victory, Manning overcame the largest deficit of his career to win. Down 24-0 at halftime, the Broncos came out and scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to secure the win. This victory helped drive the Broncos to a 13-3 record and the number one seed in the AFC.
Victor Cruz’s late TD lifts Giants past Redskins: The New York Giants’ dynamic duo of QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz continued to rise to the occasion at the most crucial times during the 2012 season. Their back-and-forth Week 7 matchup against NFC East rival Washington Redskins was no different. After QB Robert Griffin III gave the Redskins a lead with a minute and a half remaining, Cruz and Manning answered with a 77-yard touchdown delivering the Giants a 27-23 victory over the eventual division champions.
Kirk Cousins completes Redskins’ comeback: As he was marching the Washington Redskins down the field in an attempt to tie up the game in the final minute against the Baltimore Ravens, rookie QB Robert Griffin III was injured on a scramble and had to leave the game. Rookie backup QB Kirk Cousins entered the game and picked up where RGIII left off, hitting WR Pierre Garcon for a touchdown and then forcing overtime on a run play for the two-point conversion. In overtime, K Kai Forbath booted a 34-yard field goal to provide the Redskins with a 31-28 Week 14 victory, the team’s fourth straight en route to a NFC East division title.
Fans can vote for one of these five moments on http://www.nfl.com/gmc through 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 24 to determine the 2012 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR.