Associated Press, Published December 24 2012
Vikings can secure a postseason berth with win against Packers; team not eliminated with loss
Now, Peterson leads the NFL with 1,898 yards rushing and is only 207 yards away from Eric Dickerson’s single-season record, and is dealing with an abdominal injury. And he says he’ll be ready to help Minnesota
(9-6) in its bid to earn a playoff spot with a victory over the Green Bay Packers (11-4) on Sunday.
“To go through all those tough times the last couple years and be in the playoff hunt and be on the doorstep; this is everything,” Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway said. “All the chips are in now. We wanted this. We asked for it. Let’s go. Let’s not be scared of it because there’s nothing to lose at this point.”
With Peterson leading the way and trying to become the seventh player in league history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season – he needs 102 to join the club – Minnesota has made an unlikely late-season run to control its playoff destiny. The Vikings would clinch a postseason berth with a win over the NFC North champion Packers on Sunday. A loss by Minnesota opens several scenarios, which includes needing losses by the Chicago Bears (9-6), New York Giants (8-7) and Dallas Cowboys (8-7).
Peterson sat out the final minutes of Sunday’s 23-6 win at Houston, with coach Leslie Frazier calling it a precautionary measure. He finished with 86 yards against the Texans, ending his streak of eight 100-yard games.
“Adrian is a little bit sore with his abdominal muscle,” Frazier said. “We’ll have to see how he does this week, how much work that we’ll give him as we get ready for this ball game, which will be a huge ball game for our team.”