Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Thursday night's matchup between the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers could very well be one of the the most exciting games of 2012, as both teams are coming off of impressive wins in week 2 and fully expect to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Wait, what? The Super Bowl?Before the season started, most analysts were in agreement that the Green Bay Packers would be world champions of 2012, and a few other sources decided to go with the San Francisco 49ers. Very few people, if any, said that the Panthers or Giants would surprise the league and win it all, but then again no one picked New York to lift the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the 2007 or 2011 seasons.Surprises happen all the time in the NFL, or are they really surprises? Sometimes fans, media, and experts get so caught up in the hype of the previous year's elite quarterbacks (during the regular season) that they forget about the other upper-echelon signal-callers who are looking to make that jump into the top-4...
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