Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian combined for several franchise and NFL marks in the Vikings' 34-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. See the records they set and others who climbed the team's charts.
Gus Frerotte's 99-yard pass to Bernard Berrian tied an NFL record. They became the 11th tandem in NFL history to hit the longest pass play possible in NFL history.
Frerotte's pass to Berrian also broke a 46-year-old team record for the longest pass play, previously held by Fran Tarkenton to Charley Ferguson, an 89-yarder on Nov. 11, 1962. Frerotte and Berrian had already hooked up on an 86-yard pass play on Oct. 12 this year against Detroit.
Berrian's reception is the longest play from scrimmage in team history. Berrian and Chester Taylor now own four of the top 10 longest plays from scrimmage in team history. Taylor had a 95-yard touchdown run against Seattle in 2006 and also had an 84-yard run against San Francisco in 2007.
Berrian became only the fourth Vikings player to reach 900 yards receiving in his first season with the team, joining Randy Moss (1998), John Gilliam (1972) and Sammy White (1976).
The Metrodome now holds three NFL records for the longest plays in different categories – a 109-yard return for a touchdown by Antonio Cromartie on a missed field goal on Nov. 4, 2007, a 99-yard touchdown run by Tony Dorsett against the Vikings on Jan. 3, 1983 and Berrian's 99-yard touchdown Sunday night.
Jared Allen's three sacks moved him into a tie for most in a player's first season on the team. Allen has 11 sacks, as did Keith Millard in his first season (1985) with the Vikings.
Adrian Peterson's 131 yards rushing give him a career total of 2,652, which moves him into 10th place in team history, surpassing Fran Tarkenton's career total of 2,548.
Peterson also moved into third place in team history for rushing yards in a season. He now has 1,311 yards, trailing his 2007 total of 1,341 and Robert Smith's franchise mark of 1,521 in 2000.
Peterson's 59-yard run against the Bears is tied for the longest non-scoring run in the Chicago series and tied for sixth overall by the Vikings. Clinton Jones has the longest non-scoring run with an 80-yarder in 1969.
Peterson's 59-yard run also gave him six career rushes of 50 yards or more. He is in second place in team history in that category but still six shy of franchise leader Robert Smith.
Peterson's average of 109.2 yards per game this season is on pace to set a team record. He already holds that mark with his 95.7-yard average last year in 14 games played.
Peterson's seven games with 100 yards or more this season is second-most in a season, trailing only Robert Smith's franchise mark of eight in 2000.
Peterson's 131 yards rushing set a team record for the most yards rushing after the first 12 games of a season. He has 1,311. Smith had 1,276 after 12 games in 2000, when he set the single-season mark.
Peterson has 13 career games with at least 100 yards rushing, which surpasses Eddie George's 12 for sixth place in NFL history in a player's first two seasons. Eric Dickerson holds the mark with 21 games with 100 yards in 1983-84.
Peterson actually had 100 yards rushing in the first half, the seventh game that he has gained 100 yards in a half. That has only happened a total of 13 times in franchise history and he is easily the leader. Smith is second with two such games.
Chester Taylor's touchdown gave him 25 for his NFL career.