Sometimes it's pretty easy to identify the best of the best. Calvin Johnson broke the NFL single-season receiving yard record. Adrian Peterson topped 2,000 yards. J.J. Watt topped 20 sacks and terrorized opposing quarterbacks. Von Miller? Nobody dances better.
There were no runaway teams, but the San Francisco 49ers placed three players on the team.
Give it a look, tell us in the comments where we went wrong, and check back next week for our 2012 NFL Awards. -- Eric Kay, assistant managing editor
Offense -- QB: Peyton Manning, Denver; RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle; FB: Marcel Reece, Oakland; WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; WR: Andre Johnson, Houston; TE: Jason Witten, Dallas; OT: Joe Staley, San Francisco; OT: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; G: Mike Iupati, San Francisco; G: Alex Boone, San Francisco; C: Max Unger, Seattle.
Defense -- DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, N.Y. Jets; DE: John Abraham, Atlanta; DT: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; DT: Henry Melton, Chicago; OLB: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas; OLB: Justin Houston, Kansas City; ILB: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco; CB: Antonio Cromartie, N.Y. Jets; CB: Casey Hayward, Green Bay; S: Earl Thomas, Seattle; S: Kerry Rhodes, Arizona.