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Updated Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Peterson tops 2,000, just misses record

By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson became the seventh player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, plowing through the Green Bay Packers for a 20-yard gain that put him over the top in the third quarter Sunday. He finished with 199 yards in the 37-34 victory, leaving him 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's record.

Peterson needed 208 yards to break Dickerson's record of 2,105 yards set in 1984. His 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up Blair Walsh's winning field goal. He'll have to settle for the second-best total — 2,097 yards — and a playoff trip.

"I know Eric Dickerson is feeling so good right now," Peterson said, referencing comments Dickerson made a few weeks back saying he hoped Peterson didn't break his record. "But God willing, I'll get it next year."

Peterson came in 102 yards shy of joining O.J. Simpson, Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis and Chris Johnson in the 2,000-yard club. Peterson is the only one to do it after reconstructive knee surgery.

Other records

• Seattle's Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26 after a third-quarter score in a 20-13 win over St. Louis.

• Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford finished with an NFL-record 727 pass attempts, topping Drew Bledsoe's mark of 691 from 1994.

• New Orleans QB Drew Brees passed for 396 yards, giving him 5,177. He is the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four TD passes gave him 43 — he's the first player with 40 TD passes in consecutive seasons.

• Manning (Broncos) threw for three TDs in a game for the 73rd time, surpassing the record set by Brett Favre.

• The Saints gave up 530 yards, raising their season total to 7,042 to break the record of 6,793 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

NFL yardage leaders
Rushing Adrian Peterson, Vikings 2097 (record 2105, Dickerson, 1984)
Receiving Calvin Johnson, Lions 1964 (NFL record)
Passing Drew Brees, Saints 5177 (record 5476, Brees, 2011)



Adrian Peterson




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