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Vikings edge Packers in must-win game

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  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson catches a two-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis.

      Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson catches a two-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's rushing record on Sunday, finishing with 199 yards and powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, 37-34 over Green Bay.

That forced a rematch with the Packers next weekend in a wild-card game.

Peterson rushed for 36 yards on the last drive, plenty for rookie Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal as time expired to put the Vikings (10-6) in the postseason. The Packers (11-5) fell to the NFC's No. 3 seed.

Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no turnovers, connecting with Jordy Nelson from 2 yards to tie the game with 2:54 remaining. But Christian Ponder threw for three scores, including one to Peterson.

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