Peterson, Vikings top Pack 37-34 to make playoffs

Peterson, Vikings top Pack 37-34 to make playoffs
December 30, 2012, 7:55 pm
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs from Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) during a seven-yard touchdown run in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's rushing record on Sunday, finishing with 199 yards and powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, 37-34 over Green Bay.

That forced a rematch with the Packers next weekend in a wild-card game.

Peterson rushed for 36 yards on the last drive, plenty for rookie Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal as time expired to put the Vikings (10-6) in the postseason. The Packers (11-5) fell to the NFC's No. 3 seed.

Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no turnovers, connecting with Jordy Nelson from 2 yards to tie the game with 2:54 remaining. But Christian Ponder threw for three scores, including one to Peterson.

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