On Saturday in this space we, with the help of Vikings assistant director of public relations Tom West, enumerated several current Vikings who were on the verge of breaking team records with one game remaining in the regular season.
So now that the regular season has concluded, let’s take a look at how those players did in their pursuit of team/personal records on Sunday…
– The 2009 Vikings did become just the 3rd team in franchise history to tally a perfect 8-0 record at home.
– With their win on Sunday, the Vikings collected their 22nd over the past 2 seasons, which is 1 win better than the New England Patriots, who lost to Houston on Sunday. The 22 Vikings wins over the past 2 seasons is 2nd only to the Indianapolis Colts, who came out on the winning end of games a total of 26 times since 2008.
– With 81 total yards on Sunday, rookie WR Percy Harvin broke the team’s rushing/receiving/return yardage mark that was held by Herschel Walker. Harvin finished with 2,081 all-purpose yards to break Walker’s previous record of 2,051, which was set in 1990.
– On the Vikings 1st offensive possession, Harvin motioned into the backfield from the slot and took a handoff from QB Brett Favre. Harvin then dashed 22 yards to the 1-yardline. That 22-yard run broke the Vikings rookie yardage record, which was held by teammate Adrian Peterson (2,021 yards in 2007).
– Peterson, by the way, found the endzone on Sunday and tallied his 18th TD of the season. That mark places him alone in 2nd place for TDs in a season, behind only Chuck Foreman’s 22-TD effort in 1975. Going into Sunday’s game, Peterson had 17 TDs and was tied with WRs Cris Carter and Randy Moss.
– Favre, who didn’t throw an INT on Sunday, set a new career-low in INTs with 7 and he set a new team record for lowest INT percentage (number of INTs compared to attempts). The veteran gunslinger’s previous low for INTs in a season was 13, set in 1995 and 1996. Favre also set a new Vikings record for the most games in a season not throwing an INT with 10, boasting a 9-1 record in those games.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin
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