It came down to one decision in Minneapolis: make a game winning kick which would send the Vikings to the playoffs or miss it and allow Adrian Peterson to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record. The Vikings and Peterson went with the previous and kicked their way past the Packers and into the NFC playoffs with a thrilling 37-34 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Adrian Peterson finishes his season 8 yards shy of Dickerson’s record, but for the potential MVP of the league, the record was a bonus. He wanted to get into the playoffs and that’e exactly where the Vikings are heading.
While Peterson had an amazing game, a majority of the credit goes to embattled quarterback Christian Ponder, who stepped up in a massive way in the biggest game of his young career so far. Ponder finished the game with well over 200 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the biggest stat was that Ponder had absolutely no turnovers on the afternoon.
After a season of bi-polar reactions from fans regarding Ponder, the way he finished the year is without a doubt more than he could have asked for.
Peterson’s day wasn’t a total wash, as he became the 7th running back in NFL history to crack the 2,000 yard mark in a single season and had his eight game of the year where he rushed for more than 150 yards in a single game.
The Vikings have basically won the first half of an eight quarter game, as Minnesota is heading to Lambeau Field next week to take on the very same Packers in the Wild Card round.