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Friday, September 25, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Revenge factor

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


Adrian Peterson considers his first game against San Francisco the worst of his career and has set his sights on avenging a 14-carry, 3-yard performance Sunday at the Metrodome.

The 49ers broke out a new way of defending Peterson in that game, which the Vikings ultimately won 27-7 on Dec. 9, 2007. Both cornerbacks crashed the line of scrimmage, effectively creating a nine-man box that tested Peterson’s patience.
Peterson: "[After] watching film, I wasn't being patient enough, rushing my plays, not giving the offensive line time to do their job. That really is what disappointed me the most when I watched the film."

As Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports, Peterson has been waiting for this rematch for two years. You might consider this some brand of corny motivation, but knowing Peterson’s competitive fire, I’m sure those three yards have been burning a hole in his pocket for two years.

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