HOUSTON -- Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping the Minnesota Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive with a 23-6 upset of the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The loss kept the Texans (12-3) from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They must beat the Indianapolis Colts next week or they risk losing the No. 1 seed to either the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos.
Peterson had his lowest rushing total since getting 79 yards on Oct. 14 in a loss against the Washington Redskins. He has 1,898 yards this season and needs 208 to break the NFL single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson.
The Texans failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2006.
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