Peterson didn't reach record, but others did
December, 30, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Andy Clayton King/Getty ImagesAdrian Peterson came close, but ends up with the second-biggest single-season rushing total of all-time.
Here’s a quick runthrough of the various NFL marks reached or nearly reached on Sunday:
• Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson finished with 2,097 rushing yards, which stands as the second-best single-season total in NFL history, eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s record.
Peterson did become the first player in our four seasons of video-tracking to clear 1,000 yards in yards after contact. His 1,019 were 336 better than the player who had the second-most in 2012 (Doug Martin).
Peterson finished with 199 rushing yards Sunday, his seventh game with 150 or more. The Elias Sports Bureau noted that matched the most in a season, previously done by Earl Campbell in 1980.
• Peterson’s teammate Blair Walsh, in addition to kicking the field goal that put the Vikings into the NFL playoffs, extended his own record with his 10th made field goal of 50 yards or longer.
• Calvin Johnson finished his record-setting season with 1,964 receiving yards, the most in NFL history. His quarterback, Matthew Stafford, shattered Drew Bledose’s mark for pass attempts in a single season. His 727 attempts are 36 more than Bledsoe had for the New England Patriots in 1994
• Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most games with three or more touchdown passes, with his 73rd such game, passing the mark he shared with Brett Favre.
Manning finished with 37 touchdowns, the most in a season by a quarterback who was age 36 or older.
Manning also had a record of his broken and another one tied by some of the younger NFL quarterbacks. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tied Manning’s rookie record of 26 touchdown passes. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton surpassed his mark for most passing yards in his first two seasons.
• Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns in defeat, and finished his second straight season with 30 more touchdowns than interceptions. The only other quarterback with multiple plus-30s is Tom Brady.
• Brady extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 48, passing Johnny Unitas for the second-longest streak behind Drew Brees.
Brady also became the first NFL quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in all 16 regular-season games in three straight seasons
• Brees became the first quarterback to throw 5,000 yards in a season three times in his career in the loss to the Panthers.
But on the down side, the Saints broke the record for most total yards allowed in a single season, surpassing a record held for quite some time by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.