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is 1 yards, two T s keep ik­ings play­off hopes alive.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - A

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.

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