Cromartie and Peterson Each Set Record as Vikings Top Chargers

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson looks up field as he picks up yardage against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 in Minneapolis. Peterson ran for 296 yards as Minnesota beat San Diego 35-17.

On the last play of the first half Minnesota opted to attempt a 57-yard Field Goal.  Ryan Longwell came up short and Antonio Cromartie made a great catch 9 yards deep in the end zone while making sure to keep his feet inbounds.  Cromartie then took off like a rocket down the right side of the field and went 109 yards without being touched
as he scored a TD to tie the score at 14-14 going into half.  Devin Hester, Nathan Vashar and Ellis Hobbs held the record before each with 108-yard returns.

Rookie RB Adrian Peterson would not be outdone as he gained an NFL single game record 296 yards on 30 carries while scoring 3 TDs.  Peterson only had 43 yards in the first half, but he carried his team to a victory by gained 253 yards in the second half. Peterson beat the 295-yard record held by Jamal Lewis who set the record in 2003.  Peterson has rushed for 1,036 yards this season.  He is on pace to break Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards.

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