Adrian Peterson, Russell Wilson had key Week 15 runs

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.

Sunday's games are in the books for Week 15. What plays will we remember? Marc Sessler chooses the five runs that defined the action.

Running back Adrian Peterson kept his Vikings in the wild card conversation with an outrageous afternoon on the ground that brought him ever closer to the single-season rushing record set by Eric Dickerson in 1984. Peterson blasted through the Rams for 212 yards on 24 carries in a 36-22 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. His 1,812 yards leave Peterson 293 shy of Dickerson's mark of 2,105. A tall order for mortals, but entirely possible for Peterson. Check out this 82-yard touchdown scamper, his longest of the season.

Heading into Sunday, the big question about the Houston Texans was how would they respond to last week's drubbing by the New England Patriots. The Texans calmed an antsy fan base with a convincing 29-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts and leaned on Arian Foster from beginning to end. The Texans back pounded his way for 165 yards on 27 carries, including this 31-yard stiff-arm-fueled gallop in the third quarter.

We have a tie in this spot, mainly because these two cats are on the same team and complement each other so well on the ground. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson destroyed the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 50-17 win. Lynch, playing against his old team for the first time, cruised for 113 yards on 10 carries, almost all of it early. Wilson was a headache for Buffalo all day long and crushed them with three touchdowns on the ground. Wilson's second scoring run of the day, from 25 yards out, was our favorite.

OK, we have no words for what Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno pulled off on this first-down gallop during a 34-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Neither does Ed Reed, by the way.
Sunday night's doozy between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots was one of the most entertaining and unusual games of the season. It delivered entirely, but Stevan Ridley did not. The Patriots back struggled through a nine-carry, 23-yard night in New England's 41-34 loss. Ridley's first carry resulted in a fumble that was overturned, but he wasn't so lucky on this third-quarter miscue that killed a Patriots drive and set the 49ers up deep in New England territory.