Minutes after Adrian Peterson lost a fourth-quarter fumble at the San Diego 20-yard line, the ball was back in his hands.
He rumbled around right end, paused to set up his blocks, and sprinted 46 yards up the sideline for Minnesota's game-clinching touchdown.
This rookie doesn't make many mistakes. He simply sets a lot of records.
He didn't realize the significance of his performance until his benign 3-yard carry took the clock under 60 seconds and sent him past Jamal Lewis' 295-yard performance against Cleveland in 2003 for the best game a running back has ever had in this league.
Add one more uncommon distinction to the glittering resume of Brett Favre.
"I've been on some pretty good teams that came in and lost," said Favre, who hit 24 of 34 passes for 360 yards with two TDs and two interceptions while notching his 40th game-winning rally.
Overcome with emotion, Kellen Winslow could barely speak. For a long moment, he sat at his locker, bowed his head and reflected on a day unlike any he's exerpienced in the NFL.
This was a special win for Winslow, and the tear running down his left cheek was proof. He's tired of losing, and so are the Cleveland Browns.
"It's about how bad do you want it," said Winslow, who ignored shoulder and knee pain to catch 11 passes for 125 yards. "I'm just so proud of us because we fought as a team. We deserve this."
The win, in perhaps the NFL's biggest regular-season game ever, keeps the Patriots (9-0) on course for the NFL's first unbeaten season since Miami did it in 1972 and gives them the first tiebreaker over Indianapolis (7-1) in the AFC playoffs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.