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Quick Take: Peterson leads Vikes past Bears

It was over when ...
Minnesota's Ryan Longwell hit a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired. The Bears came from two scores down to tie the game, and on the ensuing kickoff, Adrian Peterson's 53-yard return put Minnesota in excellent field position for Longwell's winning boot.

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Peterson entered the game as the NFC leader in yards from scrimmage. He should keep that title for another week after finishing with 224 yards rushing and 9 receiving. He also had 128 yards on returns, giving him 361 all-purpose yards, the third-highest total in NFL history. Chicago's Devin Hester kept the Bears alive, scoring the game's first touchdown on an 89-yard punt return and then, as a receiver, outrunning the Vikings secondary on an 81-yard strike from Griese that tied the game with 1:38 remaining.

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Aren't the Vikings and Bears known for defense? All eight touchdowns in the game (four for Chicago, four for Minnesota) were from more than 30 yards.

Hester's punt return for a touchdown broke Gale Sayers' franchise record for returns. Hester has nine TD returns (five punts, three kickoff, one missed FG) in his brief career. ... Vikings WR Troy Williamson scored his first touchdown since Week 4 of 2005, on a career-long, 60-yard reception.

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