Adrian Peterson Comes Up 9 Yards Shy of Eric Dickerson’s Single Season Rushing Record

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Adrian Peterson made it very close. Peterson rushed 26 yards to the Packers 11 yard line as the clock was running out. Unfortunately, Peterson ended up nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards.

The Vikings kicked the game winning field goal as time ran out to defeat the Packers 37-34 and clinch a spot in the playoffs. Despite not breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record set in 1984, Peterson became the seventh rusher in the history of the NFL to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.

Peterson ended up with 34 carries and 199 rushing yards in the game, in what was a remarkable season for the Vikings running back. It was just one year ago that Peterson tore his ACL and MCL, leaving many to wonder if he would ever regain the explosiveness he displayed before the injury. Well, Peterson not only looks better than ever, but he regained his old form sooner than anyone ever imagined.

Peterson ended the 2012 regular season with 2,097 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns in one of the most impressive seasons by a running back in NFL history.

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