Peterson rewrites history


Vikings rookie RB sets single-game rushing mark vs. Chargers

The San Diego Chargers Antonio Cromartie scored a record-breaking 109-yard touchdown at the end of the first half of yesterday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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But, by the end of the game, it was the Vikings’ exciting rookie running back Adrian Peterson who stole the show.  After rushing for a mere 43 yards in the first half, Peterson exploded for 253 yards in the second half to establish the new single-game rushing record.  His record-setting performance of an astonishing 296 yards included touchdown runs of 1, 64, and 46 yards, as the Vikings downed the Chargers, 35-17.

Peterson broke, by one yard, the previous record held by Jamal Lewis who rushed for 295 yards as a member of the Baltimore Ravens on September 14, 2003.   Yesterday’s output marked the fifth 100-yard effort and the second 200-yard game in Peterson’s young career of just eight games.  If he maintains the pace he is on, Peterson would not only shatter Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 yards but he would also become just the sixth runner in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards in a single season.

Here's the chronology of record holders beginning with Hall of Famer Cliff Battles, who was the first player in NFL history to rush for 200 yards in a game.

Nov. 4, 2007
Sept. 14, 2003
Oct. 22, 2000
Nov. 20, 1977
San Diego Chargers
Cleveland Browns
Denver Broncos
Minnesota Vikings
1st Quarter
6-27, 1 TD (1)
10-118, 1 TD (82)
2nd Quarter
13-67, 1 TD (1)
3rd Quarter
8-107, 1 TD (64)
4th Quarter
9-146, 1 TD (46)
8-100, 1TD (63)
6-108, 2 TDs (65, 41)
30-296, 3 TDs
30-295, 2 TDs
22-278, 2 TDs
40-275, 1 TD

273 yds.O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, Nov. 25, 1976

250 yds. - O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, Sept. 16, 1973

247 yds. - Willie Ellison, Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, Dec. 5, 1971

243 yds. - Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, Dec. 8, 1963

237 yds.Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 24, 1957
237 yds. - Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 19, 1961

233 yds. - Tom Wilson, Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers, Dec. 16, 1956

218 yds. - Gene Roberts, New York Giants vs. Chicago Cardinals, Nov. 12, 1950

215 yds. - Cliff Battles, Boston Redskins vs. New York Giants, Oct. 8, 1933

Related links:
Eric Dickerson’s rookie season, 1983
Photo Gallery: Vikings runners | 1800-yard rushers Game Center: Vikings 35, Chargers 17

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