(MINNESOTA) — Adrian Peterson finished nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 1984 single-season rushing record, but he’s happier that his team will get to play another week.
Peterson rushed for 199 yards and set up kicker Blair Walsh for the game winning field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the Vikings (10-6) into the playoffs with a 37-34 victory over the Packers (11-5) on Sunday.
Peterson’s last rushing attempt picked up 26 yards to set Walsh up 29-yard game winner.
Christian Ponder passed for 234 yards with three touchdowns and Peterson finished with a receiving touchdown.
The Vikings last drive started with 2:45 left in the game on the Vikings 28 yard line. Michael Jenkins pulled in a 25-yard pass from Ponder to set up the Peterson run.
The Packers did not lay down, in a back and forth game. Aaron Rodgers passed for 365 yards with four touchdowns in the loss.
The two teams will take each other on again next weekend at Lambeau Field in the first round of the playoffs.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN