Record-seekers vs. Packers

Adrian Peterson (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY)

Adrian Peterson didn't set the NFL's single-season rushing record, but there were plenty of other marks he broke in NFL and Vikings history. So did Blair Walsh and Christian Ponder.

GAME NOTES vs. GREEN BAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012

  • Adrian Peterson becomes the seventh player in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a season.
    1) 2,105 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, 1984
    2) 2,097 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
    3) 2,066 Jamal Lewis, Baltimore, 2003
    4) 2,053 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
    5) 2,008 Terrell Davis, Denver, 1998
    6) 2,006 Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 2009
    7) 2,003 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973

  • Peterson set an NFL record for most rushing yards in December.
    1) 861 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
    2) 672 Clinton Portis, Denver, 2002
    3) 669 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego, 2006

  • Peterson set an NFL record for most rushing yards in any month.
    1)861 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
    2) 800 Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 2009
    3) 701 Barry Sanders, Detroit, November, 1997
    4) 683 Walter Payton, Chicago, November, 1977
    5) 680 Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams, October, 1984

  • Peterson tied an NFL record for most games with 150 yards or more rushing in a season.
    1t) 7 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1980
    1t) 7 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
    3t) 6 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973
    3t) 6 Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1963

  • Matt Kalil tied a team record for most starts by a rookie tackle.
    1t) 16 Todd Steussie, 1994
    1t) 16 Matt Kalil, 2012

  • Peterson tied a team record with his sixth season leading the team in rushing attempts.
    1t) 6 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12
    1t) 6 Robert Smith, 1995-00
    1t) 6 Chuck Foreman, 1973-78

  • Peterson tied a team record for leading the team in rushing attempts in all 16 games.
    1t) 16 Terry Allen, 9/6/92 - 12/27/92
    1t) 16 Robert Smith, 9/3/00 - 12/24/00
    1t) 16 Adrian Peterson, 9/8/08 - 12/28/08
    1t) 16 Adrian Peterson, 9/9/12 - 12/30/12

  • Peterson set a team record for most attempts vs. an opponent in a season.
    1) 55 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2012
    2) 52 Chuck Foreman vs. Detroit, 1977

  • Peterson set a team record for most attempts vs. the Packers in a season.
    1) 55 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2012
    2) 50 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2009

  • Peterson set a team record for most rushing attempts vs. the Packers in a game.
    1) 34 Adrian Peterson, 12/30/12
    2t) 30 Scottie Graham, 12/19/93
    2t) 30 Adrian Peterson, 11/9/08

  • Peterson set a team record for most rushing attempts in a game.
    1) 34 Adrian Peterson, 12/30/12
    2t) 33 Terry Allen @ Pittsburgh, 12/20/92
    2t) 33 Scottie Graham vs. Kansas City, 12/26/93
    2t) 33 Chuck Foreman vs. San Diego, 11/23/75
    2t) 33 Chuck Foreman vs. Detroit, 12/17/77

  • The Vikings ended the Packers' 12-game divisional winning streak.

  • Peterson's 108 yards in the second half set a team record for most 100-yard rushing halves in a season.
    1) 6 Adrian Peterson, 2012
    2)5 Adrian Peterson, 2008

  • Peterson added to his team record for most rushing yards vs. an opponent in a career.
    3) 1,442 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2007-12
    4) 1,165 Adrian Peterson vs. Detroit, 2007-12

  • Peterson set a team record for most rushing yards vs. any opponent in a season.
    1) 409 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2012
    2) 302 Adrian Peterson vs. Chicago, 2007

  • Peterson set a team record for most rushing yards vs. Green Bay in a season.
    1) 409 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay, 2012
    2) 295 Adrian Peterson, 2008

  • Peterson set a team record for most rushing attempts in December for a season.
    1) 135 Adrian Peterson, 2012 wk15
    2) 118 Scottie Graham, 1993

  • Peterson's rushing average for a season ranks third best in NFL history with (250 minimum attempts).
    1) 6.4 Jim Brown, Cleveland, 1963
    2) 6.1 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
    3t) 6.0 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
    3t) 6.0 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1973

  • Peterson set a team record for rushing average in a season.
    1) 6.0 Adrian Peterson, 2012 (348)
    2) 5.6 Adrian Peterson, 2007 (238)

  • Peterson ends the season ranking third-best in a career with 98.3 yards per game average.
    1) 104.3 Jim Brown, 1957-65 (12,312/118)
    2) 99.8 Barry Sanders, 1989-98 (15,269/153)
    3) 99.4 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12 (8,849/89)
    4) 97.5 Terrell Davis, 1995-01 (7,601/78)
    5) 90.8 Eric Dickerson, 1983-93 (13,259/146)

  • Peterson set a team record for most scrimmage yards in 16 consecutive games.
    1) 2,314 Adrian Peterson, 9/9/12 - 12/30/12 (2,097r, 217p)
    2) 2,251 Chuck Foreman, 10/27/75-10/24/76 (1,432r,819p)

  • Peterson moved into fifth place for rushing yards in a player's first six NFL seasons.
    1) 9,915 Eric Dickerson, 1983-88
    2) 9,176 LaDainian Tomlinson, 2001-06
    3) 8,956 Emmitt Smith, 1990-95
    4) 8,849 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12
    5) 8,672 Barry Sanders, 1989-94

  • Blair Walsh tied an NFL record for most field goals made in a season by a rookie.
    1t) 35 Ali Haji-Sheikh, New York Giants, 1983
    1t) 35 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012
    3) 34 Richie Cunningham, Dallas, 1997
    4) 33 Chester Marcol, Green Bay, 1972
    5) 32 Dan Bailey, Dallas, 2011
    6t) 31 Mason Crosby, Green Bay, 2007
    6t) 31 Kevin Butler, Chicago, 1985
    8t) 30 Raul Allegre, Baltimore, 1983
    8t) 30 Paul McFadden, Philadelphia, 1984
    8t) 30 Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 2012

  • Walsh finishes the season ranked second in season points, most ever by a Vikings rookie.
    1) 164 Gary Anderson, 1998
    2) 141 Blair Walsh, 2012
    3) 132 Ryan Longwell, 2009
    4) 132 Fuad Reveiz, 1994
    5) 132 Chuck Foreman, 1975

  • Walsh tied a team record for most field goals made in a season.
    1t) 35 Gary Anderson, 1998
    1t) 35 Blair Walsh, 2012
    3) 34 Fuad Reveiz, 1994

  • Walsh set an NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season.
    1) 92.1 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012 (35/38)
    2) 91.9 Richie Cunningham, Dallas, 1997 (34/37)
    3) 90.9 Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 2012 (30/33)
    4) 89.5 Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh, 2002 (17/19)
    5) 88.9 Alex Henery, Philadelphia, 2011 (24/27)

  • Walsh set an NFL record for most field goals of 50 yards or more without a miss in a season.
    1) 100.0 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012 (10/10)
    2) 100.0 Jason Hanson, Detroit, 2008 (8/8)
    3) 100.0 Phil Dawson, Cleveland, 2012 (7/7)
    4) 100.0 Ryan Longwell, Minnesota, 2008 (6/6)

  • Walsh set an NFL record for most field goals of 50 yards or more without a miss by a rookie in a season.
    1) 100.0 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012 (10/10)
    2) 100.0 Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 2012 (4/4)
    3t) 100.0 Rian Lindell, Seattle, 2000 (3/3)
    3t) 100.0 Tony Zendejas, Houston, 1985 (3/3)

  • Walsh set an NFL record for most field goals of 50 yards or more made in a season.
    1) 10 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012
    2t) 8 Morten Andersen, Atlanta, 1995
    2t) 8 Jason Hanson, Detroit, 2008
    4t) 7 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland 2011
    4t) 7 Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis, 2012

  • Walsh set an NFL record for most field goals of 50 yards or more made by a rookie.
    1) 10 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012
    2) 7 Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis, 2012
    3) 6 Mike Vanderjagt, Indianapolis, 1998

  • Walsh set an NFL record for most kickoff touchbacks in a season by a rookie.
    1) 53 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012
    2) 49 Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 2012
    3) 37 Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis, 2012
    4) 32 Alex Henery, Philadelphia, 2011

  • Walsh set an NFL record for highest kickoff touchback percentage in a season by a rookie (50 minimum).
    1) 61.6 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012 (53/86)
    2) 57.0 Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 2012 (49/86)
    3) 55.2 Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis, 2012 (37/67)
    4) 49.0 Michael Husted, Tampa Bay, 1993 (24/49)

  • Walsh set a team record for highest kickoff touchback percentage (50 minimum) in a season.
    1) 61.6 Blair Walsh, 2012 (53/86)
    2) 35.4 Mitch Berger, 1998 (40/113)

  • Walsh moved into second place for most points by an NFL rookie.
    1) 144 Kevin Butler, Chicago, 1985
    2t) 141 Mason Crosby, Green Bay, 2007
    2t) 141 Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2012
    4) 135 Dan Bailey, Dallas, 2011
    5) 132 Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1965

  • Christian Ponder moved into third place for most passing yards in a player's first two seasons.
    1) 8,492 Warren Moon, 1994-95
    2) 6,711 Brett Favre, 2009-10
    3) 4,554 Christian Ponder, 2011-12
    4) 4,592 Fran Tarkenton, 1961-62

  • Ponder becomes the sixth Vikings QB to start all 16 games.
    1t) 16 Christian Ponder, 2012 (10-6)
    1t) 16 Brett Favre, 2009 (12-4)
    1t) 16 Daunte Culpepper, 2004 (8-8)
    1t) 16 Daunte Culpepper, 2002 (6-10)
    1t) 16 Daunte Culpepper, 2000 (11-5)
    1t) 16 Warren Moon, 1995 (8-8)
    1t) 16 Tommy Kramer, 1979 (7-9)
    1t) 16 Fran Tarkenton, 1978 (8-7-1)

  • Ponder's eight games without an interception ranks tied for second-best for a season.
    1) 10 Brett Favre, 2009 (9-1)
    2t) 8 Christian Ponder, 2012 (7-1)
    2t) 8 Warren Moon, 1995 (4-4)
    2t) 8 Daunte Culpepper, 2004 (4-4)

  • Ponder tied a career high with three touchdowns passing.
    1t) 3 vs. Denver 12/4/11
    1t) 3 vs. Green Bay, 12/30/12

  • This is the fifth time the Vikings have had a season finale vs. the Packers.
    1)
    7 Chicago, 1961, 1964-66, 1971, 1988, 2005, 2011
    2t) 5 Green Bay, 1984, 1991-92, 1996, 2012
    2t) 5 Detroit, 1967, 1977, 1999, 2002, 2010

  • The Vikings end their regular season with four straight wins, second-best ending streak in team history.
    1) 8-0-0 in 1998
    2) 4-0-0 in 2012
    3t) 3-0-0 in 1970, 1974, 1993, 1999, 2002

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