Record-seekers vs. Steelers
GAME NOTES vs. STEELERS
Percy Harvin is the first Viking to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a career and in a season. Eleven other Vikings have returned kickoffs for touchdowns, but never more than once each.
Harvin becomes the first Viking to have two of the top 10 longest kickoff returns in team history. His 101-yard return against San Francisco on Sept. 27 is tied for second with Lance Rentzel's from 1965. Harvin's 88-yard return on Sunday is tied for eighth-longest in team history. Aundrae Allison (Dec. 2, 2007) holds the team record with a 104-yard return against Detroit.
Harvin's 685 kickoff return yards after seven games is a team record, easily beating out Eddie Payton's 549 yards in 1980.
Harvin becomes only the third Viking to gain 100 kickoff return yards vs. Pittsburgh in series history. He had 167, distancing Darrin Nelson's 1989 performance by 50 yards.
Adrian Peterson's 693 rushing yards after the first seven games ranks tied for fifth in team history. Robert Smith (1997) holds the record with 745.
Peterson became only the fifth player in team history to reach 30 career rushing touchdowns, joining Smith (32), Ted Brown (40), Bill Brown (52) and Chuck Foreman (52).
The Vikings defense has not surrendered a 100-yard rusher in 30 games for only the third time in team history, and it is currently the longest active NFL streak. The Vikings on Sunday will face the last player to do that against them when they come up against Ryan Grant of Green Bay, who had 102 yards on Nov. 11, 2007. The Vikings also had streaks of 36 games without a 100-yard rusher from 2005 to 2007 and 38 games from 1986 to 1988.
Sidney Rice's 11 receptions is a career high. He becomes the first Vikings player to have back-to-back 100 yard games receiving since Bernard Berrian in October 2008.
With 136 yards, Rice becomes only the fourth Viking to gain 100 receiving yards vs. Pittsburgh in series history, joining Randy Moss (144), Hassan Jones (140) and Charley Ferguson (106).
Rice set a team record for most receptions (11) vs. Pittsburgh in series history, breaking Ed Marinaro's mark of nine from 1972.
Brett Favre's 34 completions rank eighth-most in a single game. Tommy Kramer holds the team record with two 38-completion performances in 1980 and 1981.
Favre set a team record for most passing attempts (51) vs. Pittsburgh in series history. The previous mark was 43 by Fran Tarkenton in 1972. Favre also set a team record for most completions (34) vs. Pittsburgh in the series history. Tarkenton also previously held that mark with 24 in that 1972 game.
Favre also set a team record for most passing yards (334) vs. Pittsburgh in series history, besting Tarkenton's mark of 273 in 1962.
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