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Adrian Peterson rushes for 212 yards in Vikings’ win, needs 294 in last two games to break NFL record

MinnesotVikings running back Adrian Petersruns past host St. Louis Rams defenders his way 52-yard touchdown run during fourth quarter an

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs past a host of St. Louis Rams defenders on his way to a 52-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. The Vikings won 36-22. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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ST. LOUIS — Adrian Peterson ran for a season-best 212 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown that fueled the Minnesota Vikings’ big second quarter in a 36-22 victory that spoiled the St. Louis Rams’ home finale Sunday.

Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing, leaving him 294 shy of breaking the NFL’s single-season record of 2,105 by Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. Peterson, less than a year removed from a serious knee injury, has two games left — at Houston and home against Green Bay — to top Dickerson.

The Vikings (8-6) scored 10 of their 23 points in the second quarter off turnovers by Sam Bradford, including a 29-yard interception return by defensive end Everson Griffen.

They were up by 26 before Bradford, whose botched center snap also cost the Rams (6-7-1) a field goal in the second quarter, threw touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Lance Kendricks in the fourth quarter.



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