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History in the making

10/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

I won't muck up these notes with a lot of blabber. Some of them are just amazing, and all of them occurred in one wild game: Minnesota's 30-27 victory Monday night at New Orleans.

A special thanks to ESPN Research and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Let's get on with it:

  • Receiver Bernard Berrian turned in the Vikings' first 100-yard receiving performance in their past 35 regular-season games. That snapped the NFL's longest streak since Kansas City went 42 games without one from 1976 to 1979.

  • Cornerback Antoine Winfield became the first NFL player since at least 1982 to record a sack, recover a fumble and return a blocked field goal for a touchdown in one game. It's possible this is the first time it's ever happened, but the league didn't begin recording sacks until the 1982 season.

  • Running back Adrian Peterson averaged 1.52 yards on 21 carries. That average was the lowest for an NFL player with at least 20 carries in six seasons.

  • Quarterback Gus Frerotte went 10 years and 359 days between victories as a starter on Monday Night Football. Frerotte and Chris Chandler are the only quarterbacks to go at least 10 years between MNF wins.

  • The Vikings were the first team in NFL history to hold a halftime lead of at least 10 points after being outgained by at least 130 yards in the first half.

  • Monday night's game was the first in league history to include all of the following: Two punt returns for a touchdown, a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, a touchdown pass by a non-quarterback and two field goals of more than 50 yards.