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 playoff team. Security guards were holding the locker room door open for the MVP, who was the last Viking on the field after one of the most exciting, storyline-filled games of the season.
Moments before, the Vikings had secured their place in the playoffs with a last-second field goal to give them a 37-34 shootout victory in a win-and-you're-in game against the Green Bay Packers. Now, Adrian Peterson was asked a question by FOX's Pam Oliver. How did it feel to be 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record?
"Nine yards?" Peterson replied, surprised. "Nine yards, what? From breaking it?"