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Vikings use familiar formula in 36-22 road win

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The Vikings used the same formula Sunday in their 36-22 win over St. Louis. Win the turnover battle and let the best running back in the NFL run over, around and through the opposition.

Peterson continued his amazing comeback season rushing for 212 yards and a touchdown in which he showed his breakaway burst from 82 yards away. Peterson rushed for over 100 yards for the eighth straight game and has rushed for 150 in all but two of those games and has Eric Dickerson's single season mark of 2,105 yards within reach.

"Yeah it's been in my sites," said Peterson about the record. "I'm not focused in on it, it's in the back of my head that I want definitely want to accomplish that. I'm just going to let the chips fall where they may."

The defense continued to play well. The team sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford four times in the game and provided two turnovers including an interception that was returned 29 yards for a touchdown by Everson Griffen in the second quarter.

"I just read the quarterbacks eyes and he threw it right to me," Griffen told FOX 9 Sports' Dawn Mitchell. "When he throws the ball right to you, you got to catch it. I caught it with my hands and made a big play for our team."

Christian Ponder played an efficient game scoring the first touchdown of the game on a five yard touchdown run. He completed 17-of-24 passes for 124 yards.

"Obviously a great win for us. We're treating every one of these games like a playoff game," said Ponder. "I thought all three phases came out and played extremely well and as an offense we started out fast which is exactly what we wanted to do."

Rookie kicker Blair Walsh continued his extraordinary season making three field goals of 50 yards or more in the win and finishing the game a perfect 5-for-5 in the kicking game.

With the win, the Vikings playoff hopes remain alive and at 8-6, the team is currently tied with Chicago, New York , Dallas and Washington in the NFC with two games remaining.

The Vikings travel to Houston next Sunday to face the Texans who clinched the AFC South, but are still fighting for a top two seed which would allow them a first round bye in the playoffs.

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