Adrian Peterson came into the day needing 208 rushing yards to surpass Eric Dickerson. Sometimes, you hear a coach say that the team didn’t lose, they just ran out of time (I believe the great Vince Lombardi said a variation of this after the 1960 Championship Game). Well, Adrian Peterson didn’t miss out on passing the record, he just ran out of yards and time, with one final run bringing him to 199 yards and the Vikings to the brink of the playoffs.
He was not going to be denied, running with a fury and passion that defines him. If you doubted him entering today, you were going against a guy who has proven every doubt wrong for exactly one year, since he tore up his knee. Amazing performance to seal an amazing and historic season. I don’t care if he came nine yards short after the final run that basically set up the chip shot. I was rooting so hard when he broke into the clear on the outside, and he was one more broken tackle from the record. Great sports moment, even if the the record did not fall, and now we get Vikings and Packers again next week.