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Vikings At Panthers: Peterson Finds Pay Dirt To Tie Game At 14

Adrian Peterson hasn't gotten it going on the ground thus far, but he's having a pretty nice receiving day to this point.

After the Vikings' defense set the offense up on a short field with a Jared Allen strip/sack of Cam Newton, the Vikings needed just two plays to put the ball into the end zone from the Carolina 39-yard line. The two plays? Two completions to Adrian Peterson from Christian Ponder. The first came on a checkdown to Peterson in the middle of the field where Peterson made a few guys miss, and the second was a designed screen for the best running back in football where he bounced the play to the right and simply outran everybody to the end zone.

Peterson now has three catches on the day for 61 yards and a score, while only having eight carries for 14 yards on the ground.

The sack for Allen was his tenth consecutive game with a sack, extending his own team record, and gives him 12.5 on the year. The NFL record for sacks in a season is currently held by Michael Strahan with 22.5, and Allen is definitely a threat to that one if he keeps up the way he has been thus far.

We're at halftime in Charlotte, and the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings are tied at 14.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.