Peterson Broils Bears 34-31

Rookie's 361 yards, 3 TDs lead Minnesota to last-minute road victory over Chicago
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2007 11:11 PM CDT
Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Griese, right, hands off to running back Adrian Peterson (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Minnesota halfback Adrian Peterson made a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors, racking up 361 all-purpose yards—3rd most in history—in a 34-31 win. Against a misfiring Chicago defense, the Oklahoma product rumbled for three long touchdowns, then rattled off a 53-yard kickoff return to set up the winning field goal.

Peterson's output overcame big games from Bears Devin Hester (two 80-plus-yard touchdowns, one on a punt return) and Brian Griese (381 yards), reports the Chicago Tribune. A frustrated Chicago defender cited his team's missed tackles on Peterson: "Give him his credit--he's going to be one of the great ones. But it wasn't all him today."