With time running out in the fourth quarter and the Vikings on the fringe of kicker Blair Walsh's range, Peterson took the handoff and rushed 26 yards down the left sideline on his final carry of the game. The run set the Vikings up for an easy field goal, which Walsh converted to send Minnesota to the postseason. But unfortunately, the run was not enough to set the single-season rushing record.
Peterson finished his outstanding season -- a season in which he returned from ACL surgery -- with 2,097 yards, just short of Dickerson's 2,105. But between a postseason berth and a rushing record, Peterson made it clear in his postgame interview with FOX Sports' Pam Oliver that he would take the playoffs everytime. In fact, as the game finished, Peterson was not even aware how close he actually came to the record, asking, "nine what?" That video can be seen here.