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NFL Comeback Player of the Year 2013: Manning, Peterson figure to battle for award

Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning are prime candidates to receive the 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award on Saturday.

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During the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday night, the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year will be handed out, likely to one of two very deserving candidates.

Popular opinion -- along with statistics, personal and team results -- suggest that the award winner will be either Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning or Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who both returned from serious injuries to lead their respective teams to successful seasons and playoff berths.

Peterson, after tearing his ACL late in the 2011 season, came back with a vengeance in 2012, piling up 2,097 rushing yards and falling just nine yards shy of the single-season rushing yard record. Peterson also tallied 12 rushing touchdowns for the season.

As for Manning, he returned from neck surgery in Denver to throw for 4,659 yards -- completing 68.6 percent of his throws -- along with 37 touchdowns (the third-most in the NFL) and 11 interceptions. His quarterback rating of 105.8 was the second-best in the NFL.

The NFL Honors award show will take place Saturday night, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and will air on CBS.