Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/27/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson never doubted himself during his recovery from major knee surgery. One game and 208 yards away from the single-season NFL rushing record, he isn't going to start now.Peterson, who leads the league with 1,898 rushing yards and is 207 away from Eric Dickerson's single-season record, believes the record will fall Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings (9-6) host the Green Bay Packers (11-4) with a playoff berth on the line."I feel like I have a good chance," Peterson said Thursday. "I believe it. In order to accomplish it, you've got to believe it. Deep down inside, I feel like I will get it."Peterson's remarkable comeback season from surgery on Dec. 30 to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee has him on the cusp of possibly breaking one of the most hallowed and longest-held major records in the NFL and also has Minnesota on the verge of the playoffs after finishing last season 3-13.With one game left in the season, everything comes down to Sunday's game against the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers. Win and the Vikings will earn a playoff berth. Lose and they will have to hope for losses by the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Peterson needs 102 yards to become just the seventh player in NFL history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a season, though he has his sights set on Dickerson, and a win."It's definitely something I still want to accomplish," Peterson said. "Ultimately, and the most important thing, is getting to the postseason and getting a W.' So, I'll be satisfied with both, but definitely satisfied with the W' first." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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