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Another Minnesota Vikings Highlight Video Of The Indeterminate Time Period

Yes, this is a video I know we've done before. . .if not this specific video, then a video from this specific game.

What follows is the single most dominating rushing performance in National Football League history. On November 4, 2007 at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings hosted the San Diego Chargers. The Vikings came into the game with a record of 2-5, coming off of back-to-back losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, and were getting ready to take on a Charger team that had gotten off to a 1-3 start, but came to Minneapolis having won three consecutive games by a combined margin of 104-27. They also came into the game allowing just 89 yards per game on the ground.

Things didn't go quite the way everybody expected them to.

Two things that are important to remember about this performance.

1) At halftime, Peterson had 43 yards. The 253 yards he put up in the second half alone would be enough to put him in a tie for the 9th-highest single-game rushing total in NFL history (and, at the time, it would have been the sixth-best).

2) A penalty denied Peterson the opportunity to put the record completely out of reach. At about the 12:00 mark of the video, on 1st-and-10 from the Minnesota 10-yard line, Peterson takes a handoff and goes for 35 yards, only to be dragged out of bounds by a horse-collar tackle by Chargers' safety Marlon McCree. That tackle happened at the Minnesota 45. . .with the kind of roll that Peterson was on, I'm not sure if anybody in front of him was going to take him down. That tackle almost certainly denied him the first 300-yard rushing performance in NFL history and, again, with the roll that Peterson was on, he could have added that last 55 yards and gotten a fourth touchdown to put the record completely off the charts.

But, the record is Peterson's as it stands right now, and it's going to take an amazing performance by somebody to take him off the top of the charts.