How the Vikings' Playoff Run Cost Peterson the Single-Season Rushing Record

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaContributor IIDecember 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Only eight yards away from the record, Adrian Peterson was tackled at the 10-yard line to set up a Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal to send the Minnesota Vikings into the postseason in their contest against the Green Bay Packers

Eight yards away from the record, and the Vikings had the ball at the 10-yard line. Think of how close Adrian Peterson came to immortality, and the fact that the Vikings likely could've gotten off one more play to attempt to tie the record. 

But in the end they did the smart football play: run the clock down, call the timeout, set up the field goal. You can't blame them for that, as so much can happen by just running one more play, regardless of the fact that their running back might just be inhuman.

If you're only a fan of Peterson breaking the record, it's easy to make a rational argument as to why the Vikings should've let him run at least one more play. Even had he turned the ball over, the game was tied, and would've gone into overtime.

If anything, that would be better for Peterson, who would get more touches in overtime.

But that doesn't make it the right play, unless you're a fan of the Chicago Bears. In that case, Peterson definitely should've gone for the record.

But they didn't, and will reap the rewards next week in the postseason.

Records are nice to have and are special for both the player and their fans. But they do not replace the thrill of being in the NFL's postseason, where anything and everything could happen.

To succeed in the playoffs, a team has to be able to run the ball in inclement weather and stop the run. This bodes well for the Vikings, who in the Wild Card Game will travel to Green Bay for a rematch against the Packers.

Minnesota, as we all know, runs the ball well thanks to Adrian Peterson. They can also stop the run, which is crucial as they will be taking on a Packers team that has had some trouble running the ball since the injury to running back Cedric Benson.

I like Minnesota's odds of completing a Packers sweep next week, and would be well worth Adrian Peterson not breaking the record.

Or as AP himself said when asked about it after the game, "What record?"

Smart play for the Vikings at the end, and despite not breaking Eric Dickerson's hollowed record, Peterson is still an MVP.