Career-long touchdown run? Check. Franchise day against hated rival? Check. Best 12-game start in Vikings history? Check. Those impressive feats and more were part of Adrian Peterson's comeback tour. Plus, more than a dozen game-day notes that tell the tale of the 23-14 loss.
's records are stacking up as quickly as a trail of defenders he leaves in his wake of late.
Peterson set a franchise record with his sixth straight 100-yard game, which now gives him 1,446 yards in 12 games this season. Despite Peterson's big effort – a 210-yard day rushing, including an 82-yard touchdown run – the Vikings still lost 23-14 in Green Bay.
"I knew how critical this game was, and I just want to come out and put it on the line, and I can say that we did that," Peterson said. "Our guys came out and played with passion. We just have to eliminate the turnovers and the penalties, and take advantage of the opportunities we had today."
The Packers had allowed a season-long run of 23 yards coming into Sunday's game. Peterson had three by himself of that distance or more – runs of 23, 48 and 82 yards.
His 82-yard run was the longest of his career.
"You're just extremely proud of his attitude and his approach," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "He wants to win as much as anybody and that is the only accomplishment that he is concerned about. He's disappointed with the fact that we didn't win, and the fact that he ran for 210 – that's important, but it's not as important to him that we didn't win the game."
"… That's beauty of Adrian Peterson. He's the total team guy. He wants to win."
As impressive as Peterson's numbers through his career have been, his 1,446 yards are the most in franchise history through 12 games – breaking his own mark of 1,311 through 12 games in 2008.
Peterson also took over one of the few remaining records he didn't already own, passing Bill Brown (1,627) for most career rushing attempts. A.P. now has 1,640 carries in his Vikings career.
He also became just the seventh player in NFL history to top 8,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons, joining Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Earl Campbell.
GAME DAY NOTES
Green Bay's running game had an uncharacteristically good game, rushing 36 times for 152 yards and a touchdown – a huge day for one the league's worst rushing attacks.
Green Bay scored its first rushing touchdown in seven games when James Starks scored on a 22-yard run. The Packers have just three rushing TDs this season.
Kyle Rudolph caught six of the 12 completions Ponder had on the day and scored his eighth touchdown of the season. He has eight of the Vikings' 14 receiving touchdowns.
Nine different Packers players caught passes as Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards.
Rookie Harrison Smith recorded his second career interception Sunday. It came on a bizarre flea-flicker play in which the Packers looked to run a sweep and threw the ball back to Rodgers for a bomb downfield. However, the design of the play took so long it allowed Smith to get back in position to make the interception.
The Packers converted 9 of 16 third-down chances on offense, including four straight in an 11-minute drive in the fourth quarter.
The Packers ran 20 more plays than the Vikings (73 to 53), which helped explain why they held the ball for 38:30 of the game's 60 minutes.
The Packers had 37 pass plays and 36 rushing plays Sunday – their most balanced attack of the 2012 season.
Rodgers did a great job of getting the Vikings to jump offside, using a hard count to get penalty flags thrown five times against the Vikings defensive line.
The Packers had three drives of 12 plays or more against the Vikings defense.
Chad Greenway had a big day, making 16 tackles (13 of them solo tackles).
After not having a sack in three games, Jared Allen was credited with 1.5 sacks Sunday, giving him 8.5 for the season.
Kicker Blair Walsh had his struggles. For the first time in his NFL career, he didn't have a touchback on any of his kickoffs and, when called on to kick a field goal with two minutes to play to get the Vikings within one score, he pushed a 42-yard attempt wide right.
In what could have been a critical turning point in the game, after the Vikings took a 14-10 lead in the second quarter, Rodgers was intercepted by Jared Allen, but Everson Griffen was penalized for a hit to the head of Rodgers, although replay clearly showed that Griffen made a legal hit. The Vikings would have had the ball inside the Green Bay 20-yard line with a chance to seize momentum late in the first half.
Sunday was Rodgers' birthday and the Vikings gave him a present he will remember and appreciate.
The Packers have now won 10 straight division games and the Vikings haven't beaten Green Bay since Brett Favre was their quarterback in 2009.
When the schedule came out showing a game at Lambeau Field in December, thoughts of frozen turf and snow came to mind. Instead, the game-time temperature was 45 degrees.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.