No Record, But Peterson Runs Vikes to Playoffs

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came up 9 yards short of the best single-season rushing total in NFL history on Sunday. But his 199-yard effort on a career-high 34 carries in Minnesota's wild 37-34 home victory over the Green Bay Packers came with a much sweeter record—his team's 10-6 mark that ensured the NFC's wild-card No. 6 seed.

Peterson's 26-yard run with 24 seconds left put the Vikings in position for Blair Walsh's game-winning 29-yard field goal. Although there were still 11 more yards between the Vikings and the goal—more than enough to pass Eric Dickerson's total of 2,105—Peterson's remarkable season still had a storybook ending.


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