Twitter Reacts to Adrian Peterson Coming Up Just Short of Rushing Record

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Twitter Reacts to Adrian Peterson Coming Up Just Short of Rushing Record

With Sunday's 37-34 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings stamped their ticket to the postseason.

The Vikings will enter the NFC playoffs as the sixth seed and have no one to thank but their All-World running back Adrian Peterson.

Coming off a serious knee injury (tearing both his ACL and MCL) that occurred late last season, expectations for Peterson in 2012 ranged all across the board. But 2,000-plus rushing yards later—beginning the year less than nine months removed from surgery—one has to wonder whether or not he has returned better than ever.

Peterson's 2,097 yards fell just nine shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's NFL single-season record of 2,105 set back in 1984 with the Los Angeles Rams.

While almost 2,100 yards is certainly nothing to scoff at, it has to be a bit disappointing to know that Peterson was about two carries or one more broken tackle away from the greatest season from a running back in NFL history.

However, most of the reaction on Twitter was solely focused on Peterson for his incredible season.

Peterson himself, however, put his team above his personal agenda:

Peterson said all the right things, but this fan really wanted the running back to break the record:

Did you secretly want Walsh to miss the field goal—sending the game into overtime—just so Peterson coud have another shot at the record?

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Having Blair Walsh miss the game-winning, playoff-clinching field goal on purpose so that Peterson could break the record was about as improbable as Peterson's 2012 season was successful.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles also entered the 2012 season coming off a torn ACL and—if not for Peterson—would garner a lot more attention:

The success that both Peterson and Charles have enjoyed just a year removed from their injuries has this fan wondering about his own torn ACL, though obviously a joke:

Though Peterson fell short of the record, knowing that his run cemented a playoff berth could help him look toward the postseason that much easier:

Lucky for A.D. and the Vikings, they draw the Packers in next week's opening round:

Who deserves the NFL MVP more?

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With the regular season now over, the big debate will be who takes home the individual hardware: MVP, Comeback Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. There are certainly many deserving candidates, but Peterson and Peyton Manning will garner the most chatter:

Dickerson keeps his record for now, but had these kind words for Peterson after the game:

They say it takes a full year to return to form after an ACL injury. If 2012 is just the re-beginning for Peterson, Dickerson's record is sure to fall next year.

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