Falling nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, Adrian Peterson rushed a career-high 34 times for 199 yards and a touchdown and added a 2-yard touchdown reception to carry the Vikings to a 37-34 victory over the Packers in Week 17.
Peterson ripped off five runs of at least 18 yards, including a 26-yard scamper to set up the game-winning field goal with three seconds remaining. Had there been more time on the clock, he would have been a good bet to bypass Dickerson with another touchdown jaunt. AD tied Earl Campbell with seven games of 150+ yards while his 2,097 yards on the season are the second-most in history (on 31 fewer carries than Dickerson). In the greatest stretch ever by an NFL back, Peterson totaled 1,598 yards over the final 10 games -- which still would have led the league this season. Fantasy's No. 1 back finished with a gaudy per-carry average of 6.03 to go with 13 total scores. After putting the entire offense on his back while leading the Vikings to the playoffs, Peterson should be the favorite for MVP and Comeback Player of the Year honors exactly one year after undergoing surgery to repair a shredded knee. Averaging 204.5 yards in two games versus the Packers, Peterson gets a rematch next week.