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Buccaneers At Vikings: Adrian Peterson Puts Minnesota On His Back

If anyone out there is still wondering, Adrian Peterson is back.

The Minnesota Vikings needed to do something big to at least attempt to get back into their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the face of the franchise did just that.

Percy Harvin actually got a chance to return a kickoff for the Vikings, and brought the ball out to the 36-yard line. After an incomplete pass to Jerome Simpson on first down, Adrian Peterson took a handoff from Christian Ponder, put a great move on Ronde Barber, and blasted down the right sideline for a 64-yard touchdown run. Blair Walsh added the extra point, and the score moved to 30-17 in favor of the Buccaneers.

Peterson now has 13 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. The 100-yard game by Peterson is his 30th as a Vikings' running back, breaking the tie he had with Robert Smith for the all-time Vikings' lead in that category.

With about seven and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 30-17.

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