(HOUSTON) — The Minnesota Vikings (9-6) showed the rest of the league that they are going to be a tough out, if they are able to punch their ticket into the playoffs. The Vikings shut down the Houston Texans (12-3), 23-6 on Sunday and kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 85 yards and is now 208 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 1984 all-time single-season rushing record, but is focused on getting his team into the playoffs.
“I’ll get some rest and be ready to get a W and break that record,” Peterson said.
Blair Wash knocked in three field goals and Toby Gerhart put the game away with a touchdown run with 4:44 left in the game.
The Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“We obviously have a big one next week, and if we don’t win that one, this one doesn’t mean anything,” Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said. “Our No. 1 goal is to make the playoffs.”
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN