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Sunday's 37-34 win against the Green Bay Packers perhaps wasn't the most dominating win of the season for the Minnesota Vikings, but it certainly was the biggest. Beating NFC North champion Green Bay was Minnesota's most important victory since the 2009 season.
A 37-34 win, thanks to a time-expiring 29-yard field goal by rookie kicker Blair Walsh doesn't qualify as a "convincing" win, but it should convince the team's remaining doubters that it is playoff worthy. Sunday was a must-win for Minnesota against one of the hottest teams in the league, and it outlasted Green Bay in a shootout.
A look at how the Vikings (10-6) secured their playoff berth:
Pass offense: A
Minnesota's offense isn't built around the passing game, of course, as its No. 31 NFL ranking indicates. So, expecting or grading based on 300-yard passing games isn't fair to the Vikings or quarterback Christian Ponder. What Ponder did Sunday isn't measured solely in big ya...
BEST OF MAXIM
As we look at the top-50 single season rushing totals, anyone who anticipated Adrian Peterson would rush for over 2,000 yards in his comeback year would have been called crazy.
In his 16th game of the 2011 season, he felt three pops in his left knee. X-rays told the story of torn medial collateral ligaments along with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, but A.P. wouldn’t wait and...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There wasn't much that the Packers were able to do in the regular season to stop Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings' star running back totaled 409 yards in two games, making Green Bay's defense look helpless on many of his breakout runs.
Instead of enjoying a restful bye week and watching as four playoff teams get eliminated on wild-card weekend...
Adrian Peterson is happy that his incredible performance on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers helped the Minnesota Vikings clinch a playoff spot. He may not hold the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, but his team will still be playing in January. In the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters.
However, Peterson wouldn’t be human if it didn’t sting...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The man who ought to be the NFL's Most Valuable Player was still on the field, doing a postgame interview. The Minnesota Vikings' much-maligned owner was whooping it up as he scampered out of the locker room, ebullient that his team had won 10 games, seven more than last season. Players were singing and clapping about being the league's most surprising...
The Minnesota Vikings are Adrian Peterson's team. Christian Ponder, though, is the one most responsible for their progress.
The passing game was so bad and the ground game was so good that, for a while, Peterson was rushing for more yards than Ponder was accumulating passing.
But since the Vikings lost to the Packers on Dec. 2, due largely to the two interceptions Ponder threw...
It might have been the excitement of making the playoffs but — after falling just nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105 yards — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson seemed genuinely flabbergasted that he had come so close to breaking the 28-year-old record.
While being interviewed post-game by Fox's Pam Oliver — after...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is just over 200 yards shy of the all-time single season rushing record, but it seems he has a new goal in mind already – Olympic athlete.
Peterson says he is going to start running track in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I feel like I can stand up to any challenge,” Peterson said. “I...
Recent playoff games in Lambeau have not been kind to Packers fans…next weekend will be no different.
My predictions are ALWAYS wrong, so…Packer fans…enjoy the very real possibility that what I am about to write will be dead wrong…because it usually is.
That being said, the POSSIBILITY that I may be wrong is really the only hope the Packers have of not being embarrassed...
Away from a television and need play-by-play on the Packers-Vikings game? One place to find it right now is the Chicago Bears Twitter feed,
The Bears are depending on the Packers to win the game (thus, a Vikings loss) to pave their way into the NFC Playoffs for the second time in three years. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson continues to chase Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record...
1. Adrian Peterson is this year’s MVP.
It wouldn’t be a travesty if Peyton Manning were to claim this year’s MVP award. It wouldn’t be a crime, an injustice, or a mockery for the NFL. Having said that, Adrian Peterson is so clearly this year’s most valuable player that it’s almost not even worth discussing. The Vikings went 3-13 last year and owned the third overall pick...
In week 17, the NFL regular season finale, the NFC North Division Champion Green Bay Packers travel across the Mississippi River to take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Humpty Dump. At stake for the Packers is nailing down the number two seed in the NFC playoffs and a first round bye. For the ViQueens, a win means -- in all likelihood -- getting the sixth seed in the playoffs. Do...
8 a.m. ET: It all comes down to this.
While many NFL teams are shoring up for the playoffs, another pursuit awaits for those chasing individual accolades. For some of the NFL’s best players, just 60 minutes remain to break records after a long season of work.
In a year that has seen all kinds of benchmarks fall, a couple of the big ones remain. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson needs...