But this game was different. The awesome talent was certainly on display once again. But against the Packers, Peterson willed the Vikings to a victory. He became the offensive leader of a team, taking over the game when the team needed him to. The play-by-play of the Vikings' final scoring drive displays the dominance not just of Peterson's talent, but his competitive presence. There was one important five yard pass to Bobby Wade on 3rd and 1. Other than that, it's Peterson for 4 yards, Peterson for 5 yards, Peterson for 2 yards, a pass to Peterson for 16 yards, a pass to Peterson for 8 yards, and finally a touchdown run by Peterson for 29 yards. It was Peterson's drive.
And ultimately, it was Peterson's game. It was a sloppy game that the Vikings both should have won by 20 and should have lost. It was a game featuring a smothering performance by Viking pass rushers, consistently stymieing Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense. The defense was spectacular, controlling, constantly pressuring the quarterback, even as Gus Frerotte did all he could to lose the game. But when we think back on this game, we'll think of Peterson making up for his 4th and 1 fumble by taking the Vikings down the field to score the go-ahead touchdown. It will be Adrian Peterson driving piles with the strength of his desire to win. It will be Adrian Peterson cutting back across the field with dazzling runs. It will be Peterson's 225 yards from scrimmage carrying the Vikings to their first victory over the Packers since 2005.