Peterson became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season with a 20-yard run on his first carry of the second half Sunday. Peterson, who entered Sunday with a league-leading 1,898 yards, believed he could still reach the record, even though he needed 208 yards coming into the game. Peterson was also focused on getting the Minnesota Vikings a win. And after breaking a 26-yard run on his final carry, Peterson fell eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105, but got the win he sought.
Minnesota beat the Green Bay Packers 37-34 to earn the final Wild Card spot on a last-second 29-yard field goal by rookie Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh. Peterson had 34 carries for 199 yards Sunday, falling just shy of his third 200-yard game of the season and finished the year with the second-highest single-season total in NFL history with 2,097 yards.
More importantly, the Vikings are on to the playoffs and will face Green Bay at Lambeau Field next weekend in the first round.
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