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Adrian Peterson leads Minnesota Vikings past Lions

The Detroit Lions had to do one thing to give themselves a chance against the Minnesota Vikings. One thing.

Stop Adrian Peterson.

That didn't happen.


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The Vikings put up a season-high point total in their 34-24 home win against their NFC North rival. The Lions know what Peterson can do more than anyone else in the NFL. The Vikings running back has slaughtered the Lions on a regular basis since he entered the league in 2007.

Sunday was no different.

Peterson finished with 27 carries for 171 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown run in which he dipped inside, bounced outside and ran away from anyone wearing Honolulu Blue.

Some might think, "Give the Lions a break. All Day torches everyone." Not like this. The Lions have held Peterson to under 100 rushing yards just four times in 11 games. He's scored nine touchdowns and ran for 1,165 yards in those games -- that's an average of 105.9 yards per game.

The Vikings' offense has revolved around two players in 2012 -- Peterson and wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin missed Sunday's game with an ankle injury. The Lions should be the one team to focus entirely on Peterson and risk losing to Christian Ponder's arm.

Didn't happen.

Peterson ran with power up the middle and outran defenders on the outside. The vaunted Lions defensive line seemed to tire as Peterson had giant lanes to run through in the fourth quarter. The "Silver Crush" were flat-out pushed around as the game wore on.

This has been said repeatedly, but we'll say it again. Peterson is a freak of nature and his knee surgeon should received an expensive Christmas gift from this famous patient.

Notes: Lions defensive end Cliff Avril was taken to the locker room in the third quarter and was later diagnosed with a concussion.

Lions cornerback Chris Houston left the game with an ankle injury.

The Lions started 0-for-8 on third downs and finished 1-for-9.

Peterson became the first running back to reach 1,000 yards in 2012 and Sunday was his 31st career 100-yard rushing game.

Vikings fourth-round pick Jarius Wright caught a touchdown in his first game. He moved up the depth chart with Harvin out.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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