Peterson, Vikings achieve balance
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson gave Minnesota another injury-defying performance, trampling the Lions down the stretch.
This time, Christian Ponder and the rest of the Vikings provided the necessary balance.
Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, padding his NFL rushing lead with 171 yards on 27 carries to help beat the Lions.
"I still can get stronger. I'm still not there, man. I'm pressing to get there," Peterson said, when asked for seemingly the hundredth time if he's 100 percent healthy. "I'm going to come back stronger and better after the bye."
Peterson had 120 yards in the final 15 minutes, 10½ months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Ponder, the former Florida State star, bounced back from three ugly weeks with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing.
Rookie receiver Jarius Wright filled in for injured standout Percy Harvin and scored in his first NFL game. Calvin Johnson had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown with 1:53 left. But his lost fumble near midfield on the previous possession put Vikings rookie Blair Walsh in position for his fourth field goal.