Vikings roll over Lions 34-20 with another big game from Dalvin Cook
November 9, 2020
The final seconds bled off the clock at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the last non-quarterback to win an NFL MVP award walked across the same plot of land he used to electrify each week, in search of the 25-year-old who'd just snatched one of his many Vikings franchise records.
Adrian Peterson's most brilliant work in the NFL came as he dragged a nondescript Vikings team to the playoffs in 2012, running for 1,322 yards in the final eight games of a 2,097-yard season and coming within 8 yards of Eric Dickerson's single-season record. A 199-yard effort helped the Vikings clinch a wild-card berth in the final game of the Metrodome's penultimate season.
Peterson has defied the life expectancy for NFL running backs long enough to wind up back in the NFC North at age 35, where on Sunday he watched his successor in the middle of a similar pursuit.