Adrian Peterson became the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing for his career.
Peterson passed the mark for Minnesota in the fourth quarter Sunday against Chicago in his 101st career game. Eric Dickerson got there in 91 games, and Jim Brown reached the milestone in 98 games.
“It’s been my mind-set since I was young to be the best to ever play,” Peterson said. “You’ve got to believe it in order to accomplish it.”
Peterson entered the afternoon needing 154 yards to reach 10,000. Peterson carried the ball 35 times for 211 yards in the game.
Peterson also passed the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his seven seasons with the Vikings. He fell 30 yards short in 2011, when injuries limited him to 12 games.
ZEROED IN — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles continued his efficient play, finishing 21-of-34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns. His most impressive statistic was zero turnovers, which remained that way because a penalty nullified an apparent interception.
It looked like Foles’ streak had come to an end when Patrick Peterson picked off one of his passes in the fourth quarter. However, a holding call on the Cardinals defense negated the play and kept Foles’ chances alive.
Foles now has 19 touchdowns this season without an interception, the best start to a season by any quarterback other than Peyton Manning. He moved within one touchdown pass of tying Manning’s 20 touchdown passes and zero interceptions to start a season.
MORE MANNING — Manning’s five touchdown passes in Denver’s 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday pushed his total to 41 touchdowns on the season, setting a franchise record for most touchdowns in a season — with four games to play.
Manning threw five or more touchdowns for the eighth time in his career, tying Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. His 4,125 yards set an NFL record for most passing yards through 12 games.
STALEY HURT — 49ers left tackle Joe Staley sustained a right knee injury early in the game against St. Louis and didn’t return.
Staley was hurt at the 11:13 mark of the first quarter when hit from the side as he lunged to make a block down field, and he landed awkwardly while grabbing his knee.
Staley stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field on his own. Trainers and medical staff examined Staley on the bench then he headed to the locker room.
Losing Staley is a big blow as he was lined up opposite St. Louis sacks leader Robert Quinn. Alex Boone moved into Staley’s spot and Joe Looney came in after making his NFL debut Monday.