A. Peterson Stiff Arms Browns for 64 Yard TD
In the 2009 season opener, on a Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson showcased his unique blend of speed, power, and shiftiness – all on a single play. With 6:11 left in the fourth quarter, the Vikings were winning 27-13 and looking to put the game away with possession of the ball at their own 36. Peterson, who had led the NFL in rushing yards the previous season, took a handoff from Vikings QB Brett Favre on a 1st and 10. He found a hole on the left side and rocketed through, approaching the Browns’ secondary. He stutter-stepped, exploding around one defender, then breaking a tackle, then issuing a stiff arm before sprinting like a race horse into the end zone. The Vikings won the game 34-20 to kick off a season in which at 12-4 they won the NFC North; Peterson would be chosen as a First-Team All-Pro for the second consecutive season.