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Adrian Peterson has his sights set squarely on 2,000 yards. Thanks to his latest jaw-dropping performance and an opportunistic defense, the Vikings still have their eyes on the playoffs.
Peterson rushed 31 times for 154 yards and two TDs, and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a TD to lead Minnesota to a 21-14 win over Chicago on Sunday.
Peterson topped 100 yards before the first quarter was over, helping the Vikings (7-6) overcome another lackluster day from quarterback Christian Ponder (11 for 17, 91 yards) to get a victory that will keep their playoff hopes alive.
Jay Cutler was 22 for 44 for 260 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and couldn’t finish the game for the Bears (85), who have lost four of their last five. He took a hit to the head from Everson Griffen in the fourth quarter, remained in the game for the rest of that drive, but was replaced by Jason Campbell with 3 minutes to play.
Campbell threw a 16-yard TD to Brandon Marshall with 1:48 to play, but Kyle Rudolph recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.
Marshall had 10 catches for 160 yards.
Peterson’s remarkable comeback from a torn ACL late last season seems to get more impressive every week. Not even a year removed from that major injury, he broke the 100-yard mark for the seventh straight game. He has 1,600 yards with three games to play, putting a hallowed 2,000-yard season within reach.