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Peterson, Walsh named NFC players of the month

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Adrian Peterson Updated: January 3, 2013 - 10:41 AM

Remember on the last Sunday in November when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed the team bus to Soldier Field, then struggled somewhat contributing to two lost fumbles and rushing for "only" 108 yards in a 28-10 loss to Chicago? Well, Peterson regrouped from that stumble by putting together a December for the ages.

In five December games, Peterson rushed for 861 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry, added five catches, 32 receiving yards and one receiving TD and propelled the Vikings to four wins.

With a 10-6 record, the Vikings earned the NFC's final wild card berth and a date with Green Bay on Saturday for the opening round of the playoffs. Peterson, meanwhile, has earned the designation as NFC Offensive Player of the Month, a no-brainer choice for his continued excellence.

Also, kicker Blair Walsh is the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Walsh made 11 of 12 field goals, including five of five from 50 yards or longer. He had three 50+ yarders against St. Louis on Dec. 16, tying an NFL record, and had 10 50+ for the season, a league record.

 

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Detroit 12
FIU 2 FINAL
Miami 7
Toronto 26 1st Qtr 0:38
Philadelphia 20
Golden State 6:30 PM
Brooklyn
Phoenix 6:30 PM
Miami
LA Clippers 7:00 PM
Minnesota
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Dallas
Nashville 0 1st Prd 6:13
NY Rangers 1
Carolina 7:30 PM
Chicago
Montreal 9:00 PM
San Jose
Virginia 7 1st Half 5:10
Syracuse 15
Baylor 22 1st Half 4:59
Texas 16
SE Louisiana 2 1st Half 19:23
Northwestern St 2
Central Arkansas 6:30 PM
Sam Houston St
Hampton 6:50 PM
Delaware State
Norfolk State 6:55 PM
Howard
Bethune-Cookman 6:55 PM
NC A&T
Lamar 7:00 PM
McNeese State
Nicholls 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Incarnate Word 7:00 PM
Stephen F Austin
Texas Southern 7:30 PM
Alabama A&M
Prairie View 7:30 PM
Alabama State
NC Central 7:30 PM
Savannah State
Jackson State 8:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Iowa State
Grambling St 8:00 PM
Miss Valley St
Boston College 8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
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NC A&T 58
Hampton 78 FINAL
Delaware State 63
Norfolk State 63 FINAL
Howard 60
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Savannah State 53
Texas Southern 50 2nd Half 18:14
Alabama A&M 32
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Alabama State 30
Jackson State 22 1st Half 3:55
Ark-Pine Bluff 28
Grambling 24 2nd Half
Miss Valley St 36
Tulsa 25 1st Half 2:56
Cincinnati 23
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UCF 32 1st Half 4:26
East Carolina 28
Central Conn St 10 1st Half 7:48
Bryant 15
Wagner 15 1st Half 6:40
Robert Morris 28
Sacred Heart 31 1st Half 3:40
Fairleigh Dickinson 36
St Francis-NY 34 1st Half 3:30
Long Island 19
Mount St Marys 33 1st Half 7:00
St Francis-PA 31
Temple 7:00 PM
Houston
Texas Tech 7:00 PM
(6) Baylor
Iowa State 7:00 PM
Kansas
SMU 7:00 PM
Memphis
Oklahoma 7:00 PM
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