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MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the smart thing to do. With the competitive portion of their season on the line, Minnesota put the ball in the hands of their superstar and watched him go.
Tailback Adrian Peterson accounted for 64 of the Vikings' 69 yards on their game-winning drive in a 28-27 victory over Green Bay. The final 29 yards came on a scoring run that put the Vikings ahead of a see-saw game with 2:22 left.
You got the feeling that the Vikings had scored too early, and as it turned out the Packers had one final chance to win. But Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby was wide right on a 52-yard field goal, which set off a wild celebration at the Metrodome. (The fact that it was Minnesota's first victory against Green Bay since 2005 probably had something to do with it.) The game moved the Vikings into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North.
Peterson finished with 192 yards and became the first NFL running back to eclipse 1,000 yards this season. He had failed to convert a fourth-and-one on the Vikings' previous possession and appeared especially motivated to redeem himself on the Vikings' next drive.