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Laying Groundwork for NFL Milestones

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When it comes to the NFL benchmarks for rushing and receiving in a single season, history couldn’t be more clear: It’s now or never for both Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson.

This week Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings face the Houston Texans, needing 294 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s 1984 mark of 2,105 yards rushing in a single season. Meanwhile, Megatron and the Detroit Lions host the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night, with Johnson just 182 yards shy of Jerry Rice’s record of 1,848 yards set in 1995.

What Peterson and Johnson should know, however, is that in a strange statistical and historical quirk few people either remember or realize, both Dickerson and Rice set their legendary records with monster performances in Game...

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