MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - You can pretty much wrap up the NFL rookie of the year and award it to Adrian Peterson. The rookie running back
out of Oklahoma set an NFL record in his eighth game as a pro,
helping the Minnesota Vikings upset San Diego 35-17. Peterson
rushed for an NFL-record 296 yards, scoring two of his three
touchdowns in the second half in his second 200-plus-yard rushing
performance of his young NFL career. Peterson has 1,036 yards
rushing for the season. He's on pace to break Eric Dickerson's
rookie record of 1,808 yards set in 1983. Dickerson's all-time
record of 2,105 yards in 1984 is in reach, too.
The Vikings rallied from a 14-7 deficit after San Diego's
Antonio Cromartie plucked a missed field goal out of the air and
returned it 109 yards for a touchdown. That's the longest touchdown
in NFL history. Minnesota is 3-and-5. The disappointing Chargers
lost a November game for the first time since 2003 and fell to
4-and-4 but still tied with Kansas City atop the AFC West.