Record-Seekers vs. Chicago
MINNESOTA AT CHICAGO GAME NOTES
Adrian Peterson set a team record for most yards rushing in a game with his 224-yard day on the ground. Chuck Foreman held the previous record with 200 against Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 1976. Ted Brown (1983) and Robert Smith (1998) are now tied for third with 179 yards.
Peterson set a team record for most scrimmage yards against the Bears with 233, besting Bill Brown's mark of 226 on Dec. 13, 1964. Randy Moss moves down to third in team annals with 204 against Chicago on Nov. 4, 1999.
Peterson became the first Vikings player to have two runs of 50 yards or more in the same game with his 73- and 67-yard touchdown runs. He also set a team record for longest run by a rookie, breaking his previous record of 55 yards from the Green Bay game on Sept. 30. Before this season, Fran Tarkenton held the rookie record with a 52-yard touchdown run against Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 1961.
Peterson set a new team record for most combined yards in a game with 361. That beat the previous mark, 278 by Darrin Nelson against Green Bay on Nov. 13, 1983, by almost 80 yards.
Peterson's 361 combined net yards ranks third in NFL history, trailing Glyn Milburn's 404 (Denver vs. Seattle, 12/10/95) and Billy Cannon's 373 (Houston vs. N.Y. Titans, 12/10/61).
This was only the third time in team history the Vikings had two rushing and receiving plays of 60 yards or more in the same game with Peterson's 67- and 73-yard runs and Troy Williamson's 60-yard touchdown reception. The Vikings had also accomplished that on Oct. 1, 2000 when Robert Smith had a 61-yard touchdown run and Randy Moss had a 61-yard touchdown reception against Detroit, and on Dec. 3, 1995 when Amp Lee had a 66-yard touchdown run and Cris Carter had a 60-yard touchdown pass against Tampa Bay.
Peterson's three rushing touchdowns tied a team record for most in a game. He also set a team mark for most 100-yard games (four) in a season by a rookie, surpassing Chuck Foreman's three.
Peterson's 224 yards rushing rank fifth by a rookie in NFL history for a single game. Ahead him are Mike Anderson's 251 (Denver vs. New Orleans, 12/3/00), Corey Dillon's 246 (Cincinnati vs. Tennessee, 12/4/97), Jim Brown's 237 (Cleveland vs. Los Angeles, 11/24/57) and Clinton Portis' 228 (Denver vs. Arizona, 12/29/02)
Peterson's 607 yards rushing after five games is a team record, breaking Robert Smith's mark of 565 set in 1997. His performance ranks second in NFL history by a rookie after five games, second only to Eric Dickerson's 645 for Los Angeles in 1983.
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