GREEN BAY, Wis. — Adrian Peterson didn’t need 16 games to outrun the NFL.
Peterson had his third career rushing title in hand before Sunday night’s kickoff in Green Bay.
His lone challenger heading into Sunday, Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, failed to close the 64-yard gap.
Then Peterson ran 19 times for 67 more yards to pad his lead despite a lower back injury that required X-rays. Peterson also scored a touchdown in the Vikings’ 20-13 win against the Packers that secured Minnesota’s first NFC North division title in Mike Zimmer’s tenure.
Peterson is just the third running back in NFL history to lead the league in rushing at age 30 or older, and the first in more than a decade. At age 31, Curtis Martin ran for 1,697 yards in 2004. Three career rushing titles ties Peterson with Houston Oilers’ great Earl Campbell (3).
Peterson finished the regular season with 1,485 yards.