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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Peterson, Vikings within striking distance

By Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks hold a 20-17 lead over the Minnesota Viking at halftime thanks to three touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Adrian Peterson's rushing for Minnesota has stood out the most to this point in the game. Peterson has 144 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The score is close, so he should get plenty of opportunities after halftime.

The 144 yards are tied for the 32nd-highest single-game total against Seattle in the Seahawks' franchise history, which dates to 1976. Peterson needs 40 yards to move into the top 10.

The chart shows the five highest single-game totals against Seattle.

The Seahawks' previously stout run defense has struggled against Frank Gore and Peterson in recent weeks. Some of the runs Peterson has made appear nearly impossible to stop. He has beaten good initial run defense on a couple occasions. Peterson has broken through arm tackles in other cases. His 74-yard run on the Vikings' first possession accounts for more than half his yardage.