Peterson has season-best 146 yards

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 24, 2013 - 11:41 PM
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for a season-high 146 yards against the Packers on Sunday.

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Adrian Peterson was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers because of a nagging groin injury.

The injury, however, didn’t seem to affect the 2012 NFL MVP, who rushed for a season-high 146 yards and scored a touchdown in the Vikings’ 26-26 tie with Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Peterson’s 32 carries also were a season high and two short of his career high. He has 997 rushing yards this season.

Peterson entered the game averaging 115.5 yards rushing in 13 career games against Green Bay. His 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave him his seventh consecutive season with 10-plus rushing touchdowns.

Peterson admitted that his groin injury bothered him at Seattle last week, but he held up fine with a heavy workload and cold temperatures.

“The guys up front did a great job of creating opportunities for the running backs, and we tried to take advantage of it,” said Peterson, who appeared in his 100th career game.

Peterson had plenty of help from Toby Gerhart, who rushed for 91 yards on only eight carries (11.4 yards per carry). The Vikings’ 1-2 punch seemed to wear down the Packers defense.

“We got into a nice little rhythm running the ball right at them,” Gerhart said. “The offensive line was blocking well. It was a fun time as a running back.”

The Vikings rushed for 232 yards total and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

“To get our running game going the way we did was big,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “It was good for our defense.”

Boo birds

The reception Greg Jennings received in his first return visit to Lambeau was predictable. Packers fans booed him when he came onto the field before the game and after each of his two catches.

“I really wasn’t looking for any kind of reception,” said Jennings, who played the past seven seasons for Green Bay. “I came here with my teammates in this locker room and that’s all the reception I need.”

Asked if it bothered him to hear those boos, Jennings said, “No.”

Jennings finished with two catches for 29 yards. He also had a costly drop on third-and-5 late in overtime, forcing the Vikings to punt the ball back to the Packers.

Change provides spark

Green Bay quarterback Scott Tolzien had a nifty 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but he had an otherwise miserable outing before being replaced by Matt Flynn in the third quarter.

Tolzien completed only seven of 17 passes for 98 yards. He was sacked twice.

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