In a four-game stretch in 2007, Peterson set the Vikings' single-game record with 224 yards rushing in a victory at Chicago and then he broke the NFL single-game rushing record on Nov. 4 by going for 296 yards in a victory over San Diego at the Metrodome.
Peterson added to that collection of standout performances Sunday in the Vikings' 28-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. He rushed for 192 yards on 30 carries, a 6.4-yard average, caught three passes for 33 yards and ran 29 yards for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
His 192 yards were the fourth most in Vikings history, giving him three of the franchise's top four rushing games. Chuck Foreman is No. 3 on the list with a 200-yard effort against Philadelphia in 1976.
"I would say it is (my biggest game)," Peterson said of his effort Sunday. "First win against Green Bay, first win for coach (Brad) Childress (against Green Bay). It was a big game for all of us. I'm just so excited."
Peterson's big day helped the Vikings improve to 5-4 and put them atop the NFC North with the Chicago Bears. The Packers are now 4-5 and Childress is 1-5 against them since taking over in Minnesota in 2006. In reality, the Vikings are one game behind the Bears because they lost at Chicago. The teams will meet again Nov. 30 at the Metrodome.
Before Minnesota gets to that game, it will have back-to-back road games in Florida. Sunday, the Vikings will play Tampa Bay and Nov. 23 they will travel to Jacksonville.
While Peterson appears to be hitting his stride, the Vikings have been getting some heroic performances on the defensive side of the ball. Jared Allen played Sunday despite suffering what he said was a grade-3 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder a week before. That is the most severe injury on a one-to-three grade system and can keep players out for two to four weeks.
Allen not only played against the Packers but had a sack that forced a safety on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll be back next year. The one thing that's slowing me down right now is my feet kind of being slow, a lot of the treatment that's going on. But everything will be just fine. I don't see myself not being a part of this team next year." — DE Kenechi Udeze, who is sitting out this season after undergoing a bone marrow transplant last July after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in February. Udeze attended Sunday's game and served as an honorary captain for the Vikings.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 — Safeties by the Vikings in their victory over Green Bay on Sunday, a total that tied a team record set on Oct. 5, 2003 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings now have three safeties this season, which ties a team mark set in 1981 and 1965.