Vikings-Falcons Game Notes

A number of Vikings had firsts against the Falcons and even tied or set team records. Find out all the shuffling of the record book that went on Sunday vs. Atlanta.


  • Adrian Peterson set a team record for most yards rushing in his first NFL game, far eclipsing D.J. Dozier's previous record of 57.

  • Peterson also became the third Viking to gain 100 yards rushing in his first game as a Vikings, joining Hershel Walker (1989) and Leroy Hoard (1996).

  • Kevin Williams' 54-yard interception return for a touchdown was the second longest by a Vikings defensive lineman in team history and the longest returned for a touchdown. Tim Newton had a 63-yard return against Buffalo in 1985.

  • Williams set a team record for most touchdowns in a career by a defensive lineman with the third of his career. Alan Page, Charlie Johnson, Al Noga and Henry Thomas each had two.

  • E.J. Henderson became the first Vikings linebacker to have two sacks since Ed McDaniel vs. San Francisco in 1999.

  • Chris Kluwe had his first game with five punts inside the 20-yard line, which ties a team record. Mitch Berger (twice), Mike Saxon and Fred Cox each accomplished that previously.

  • Brian Robison had his first two NFL sacks.

  • Sidney Rice is only the fifth rookie wide receiver in team history to start a season opener. He joins Hassan Jones (1986), Sammy White (1976), Jim Lash (1973) and Paul Flatley (1963).

  • Tarvaris Jackson's 60-yard touchdown pass to Peterson was the second longest against Atlanta in team history. Brad Johnson holds the record against Atlanta with a 71-yarder to Jake Reed in 1996.

  • The Vikings are now 10-3 vs. the Falcons at home. The Vikings' best record in September vs. any opponent comes against Atlanta (7-0).

  • The Vikings have won nine of their last 12 openers. Brad Childress is the first head coach in team history to win his first two season openers. The Vikings have beaten the Falcons all four times they have faced them in the season opener.

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