Adrian Peterson and the Vikings crush Bears early, win 21-14

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The Minnesota Vikings faced their divisional opponent, the Chicago Bears, in a must win game on a snowy December Sunday. The 6-6 Vikings entered the game statistically in the playoff picture while the Bears travelled to Minnesota with an 8-4 record and would be a wild card team if the playoffs started today. At the end of the day the Vikings walked away with a 21-14 win.

The Vikings have lost four of their last five games and have struggled mightily in their passing game. The team came out early and scored two quick touchdowns, jumping to a 14-0 lead with 52 minutes remaining in the game. The story of the game was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson who carried the team on his back throughout the game racking up 154 yards on 31 carries.

Peterson has rushed for 1600 yards this year and has scored 10 touchdowns…and he had his knee reconstructed less than 12 months ago. He has 1811 all purpose yards and an impressive 18 runs of 20 yards or more.

The Vikings missed the play of receiver Percy Harvin who will be out for the remainder of the season but saw flashes of competence from the other receivers on the team. Quarterback Christian Ponder only attempted 17 pass plays the entire game and completed 65% of the throws (11) in a much more confident fashion than he has in the last five weeks.

The Vikings walked away with a 21-14 victory bringing their record to 7-6 on the year and statistically keeping them alive in the playoff picture. They trail the 9-4 Green Bay Packers and the 8-5 Chicago Bears in the NFC North division. The Vikings’ next two games are on the road at St. Louis and Houston. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for continued Minnesota sports coverage.