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Top 100 plays of 2012: Plays 51-60

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From now until Aug. 2, "NFL AM" is counting down the top 100 plays from the 2012 season. Tune into "NFL AM" on NFL Network each weekday at 6 a.m. ET to see which play is revealed in the countdown.

60. Alexander the great

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers connects with wide receiver Danario Alexander, who breaks a tackle and takes it 80 yards for a touchdown during a Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watch

59. Tater toss

A pair of Seattle Seahawks wide receivers reach into their bag of tricks when Golden Tate finds a wide open Sidney Rice in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a Week 10 game against the New York Jets. Watch

58. Fabulous Fasano

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill finds tight end Anthony Fasano, who makes a spectacular catch for a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Watch

57. DHB dazzles

This is not the first time we've seen Darrius Heyward-Bey on the top 100 plays of 2012 countdown on "NFL AM" -- this time the Oakland Raiders receiver provides a one-handed over-the-shoulder catch down the sideline for a big gain in a Week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watch

56. Vic-Torrey

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith makes a one-handed catch as he tight ropes the sideline in the second quarter of a Week 16 game against the New York Giants. Smith's effort helped the Ravens clinch the AFC North. Watch

55. Muscling up

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin muscles his way to the end zone, breaking tackles en route to a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of a Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Watch

54. McKnight rider

The New York Jets' Joe McKnight takes a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to bring his team within striking distance of the Houston Texans in what would prove to be a losing effort in a "Monday Night Football" showdown in Week 5. Watch

53. Jones-ing for another TD

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes advantage of a free play and connects with wide receiver James Jones for a 32-yard touchdown in a Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Watch

52. Sensational snag

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte makes a spectacular one-handed catch and picks up 31 yards during a play in a Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Watch

51. Rear ended

The infamous "butt fumble" -- Steve Gregory's fumble return for a touchdown -- came about after a mixup on a handoff. Mark Sanchez opts to run for it only to bumb into the rump of his guard, Brandon Moore, in a Thanksgiving showdown with the rival New England Patriots. The result is a defining play of the New York Jets' dismal 2012 season. Watch

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