With two long gains of over 50 yards, Adrian Peterson overcame a poor early start of eight yards on just as many carries to finish with 212 yards on only 16 more rushes. He finished the game with an eye-popping 8.8 yards per carry and improved his already absurd season total to 6.3 yards per carry, leading the league among backs with over 15 carries a game.
More impressive, the Rams had not allowed a rusher to run for over 65 yards for the past four games.
This marks his eighth consecutive game of over 100 yards and lowers the bar for what he needs to do to capture Eric Dickerson's allegedly unassailable single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Peterson needs over 146.5 yards in the next two games in order to accomplish this goal, a tall order even for him.
In order to reach the 2,000-yard mark, Peterson only needs a much more manageable 94 yards in the next two games, something he's accomplished nine times this season. In six of those games, he exceeded the 146.5-yard mark that he would need to catch Dickerson.
Considering he started out the season with games of 84 yards, 60 yards and 86 yards, Peterson's proximity to the record is all the more surprising and impressive.
With two games of above 200 yards in the month of December, he's the first player to have multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same month since Tiki Barber in 2005. It's somewhat shocking that Peterson isn't dominating the discussion for MVP right now, but with more performances like today, he should be able to grab that title before it goes to another quarterback.