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Minnesota Vikings record-seekers vs. Giants

Adrian Peterson continued his move up the NFL record charts in a few categories, Harrison Smith set a team record and several other Vikings made it into the record books.

GAME NOTES vs. N.Y. GIANTS

Adrian Peterson moves into second place all-time for most seasons with 10+ rushing TDs.
1) 9 LaDainian Tomlinson, 2001-09
2t) 8 Emmitt Smith, 1990-92, ’94-96, ’98-99
2t) 8 Adrian Peterson, 2007-13, ‘15

Peterson becomes the first Minnesota Vikings player to have two 100-yard games rushing in a career vs. the Giants.
1) 167 Michael Bennett, 11/10/2002
2) 146 Robert Smith, 12/26/1999
3) 115 Dave Osborn, 11/5/1967
4) 104 Adrian Peterson, 12/27/2015
5t) 103 Bill Brown, 12/6/1964
5t) 103 Adrian Peterson, 12/28/2008

Peterson becomes the 21st player in NFL to reach 101 career total touchdowns. He ties Steve Largent for 20th place all-time.   

Peterson moves into eighth place for most rushing yards in a player’s first nine NFL seasons surpassing Edgerrin James 11,607.

1) 13,778 Barry Sanders, 1989-97
2) 12,566 Emmitt Smith, 1990-98
3) 12,490 LaDainian Tomlinson, 2001-09
4) 12,439 Eric Dickerson, 1983-91
5) 12,312 Jim Brown, 1957-65
6) 11,669 Curtis Martin, 1995-03
7) 11,625 Walter Payton, 1975-83
8) 11,608 Adrian Peterson, 2007-15

Peterson moves into fifth place for most rushing touchdowns in a player’s first nine NFL seasons.
1) 138 LaDainian Tomlinson, 2001-09
2) 125 Emmitt Smith, 1990-98
3) 106 Jim Brown, 1957-65
4) 100 Shaun Alexander, 2000-08
5)  96 Adrian Peterson, 2007-15
6) 95 Barry Sanders, 1989-97

Peterson set a team record with his 112th start by a running back.
1) 112 Adrian Peterson, 2007-15
2) 111 Bill Brown, 1962-74

Jerick McKinnon tied a team record for most rushing touchdowns vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1t) 2 Jerick McKinnon, 12/27/2015
1t) 2 Leroy Hoard, 12/26/1999
1t) 2 Bill Brown, 10/9/1965

McKinnon’s 68-yard rushing touchdown was his career long and was third-longest vs. the N.Y. Giants.
1) 78t Michael Bennett, 11/10/2002
2) 70t Robert Smith, 12/26/1999
3) 68t Jerick McKinnon, 12/27/2015
4) 67t Adrian Peterson, 12/28/2008

Harrison Smith set a team record with his fourth career interception returned for a TD.
1) 4 Harrison Smith, 2012-15
2t) 3 Darren Sharper, 2005-08
2t) 3 Jimmy Hitchcock, 1998-99
2t) 3 Dewayne Washington, 1994-97
2t) 3 Audray McMillian, 1989-93
2t) 3 Joey Browner, 1983-91
2t) 3 Bobby Bryant, 1968-80
2t) 3 Ed Sharockman, 1962-72
2t) 3 Rip Hawkins, 1961-65

Smith tied a team record with an interception return for a TD vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1t) 1 Harrison Smith, 12/27/2015
1t) 1 Chad Greenway, 11/25/2007 last time

Blair Walsh set a team record for longest field made vs. N.Y. Giants.
1) 53 Blair Walsh, 12/27/2015
2) 51 Aaron Elling, 10/26/2003

Walsh set a team record for most field goals made vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1) 5 Blair Walsh, 12/27/2015
2t) 3 Ryan Longwell, 1/3/2010 Last time

Walsh set a team record for most points vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1t) 19 Randy Moss, 11/19/2001
1t) 18 Blair Walsh, 12/27/2015

Walsh set a team record for most 50-plus yard field goals made vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1) 2 Blair Walsh, 12/27/2015
2t) 1 Ryan Longwell, 12/28/2008
2t) 1 Aaron Elling, 10/26/2003

Tom Johnson tied a team record for most sacks vs. N.Y. Giants in a game.
1t) 2 Tom Johnson, 12/27/2015
1t) 2 Lance Johnstone, 10/31/2004 Last time

Teddy Bridgewater becomes the seventh Vikings QB to throw for 3,000+ passing yards in a season. He now has 3,132 yards.  The last time was Brett Favre in 2009 with 4,202.

Bridgewater becomes the third QB to reach 6,000 passing yards in a Vikings’ first two seasons.
1) 8,492 Warren Moon, 1994-95
2) 6,711 Brett Favre, 2009-10
3) 6,051 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014-15

Stefon Diggs becomes the fifth rookie to catch 50 passes in a season.
1) 69 Randy Moss, 1998 Led NFL
2) 60 Percy Harvin, 2009 Led NFL
3) 51 Sammy White, 1976 Led NFL
4) 51 Paul Flatley, 1963
5) 51 Stefon Diggs, 2015

With the Vikings’ win over the Giants, the Vikings tie for the fourth-best record in team history after 15 games.
1) 14-1-0 1998
2) 11-4-0 2000, 2009
3) 10-5-0 1988, 1992, 2015

 


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