Record Day for Rookie
The Star Tribune reports that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson set a new NFL record for rushing yards in a single game with 296 yards.
The Vikings beat the San Diego Chargers 35-17 with three of the touchdowns belonging to Peterson.
Peterson who carried the ball 30 times, broke Jamal Lewis' four-year-old rushing record of 295 yards, with his final carry of the game. His 30 carries accounted for 47 percent of the Vikings' offensive plays. 253 yards came in the second half.
Espn.com reports that Peterson was entirely focussed on the game. "Oh, no. I was out playing ball," Peterson said. "I wasn't thinking about the record at all."
Peterson is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie record of 1,808 yards set in 1983.
"I set my bar high, because I know anything is possible when you continue to work hard," Peterson said.