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Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson reflects on touchdown run

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: December 1, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Vikings wide receiever Cordarrelle Patterson became the first Vikings rookie to score a touchdown in three different ways this season when he scored a 33-yard rushing touchdown in the 23-20 overtime win over the Bears.

Patterson lined up in the backfield in an "I" formation look on the toss play and broke two tackles on his way to the end zone. 

Look out, Adrian Peterson.

"To be honest,we've been practicing that since Week 2 and we've never had a chance to use it and the time was called now," Patterson said. "I'm just trying to be like AP back there. I told him, 'You better watch out. I'm coming though.'"

Patterson even got a high five from an official after he jumped into the stands on his touchdown run. Not only did he get some love from the official, but Patterson received the respect of the Vikings' star running back.

"I might need to watch out, he's something special," Peterson said. "I have been able to sit back and really watch him. For a rookie, he is going to be real good. He already is real good, but the potential, the sky is the limit for that young guy. 

"He's a special player. I know talent. He has it."

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