Jason Garrett lauds Adrian Peterson

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When the game ended, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made a point to seek out Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson ran for 140 yards on 25 carries and nearly carried the Vikings to a victory after he carried Dallas defenders Jeff Heath and Justin Durant across the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Peterson was the first rusher to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Cowboys, although they have given up two 90-yard rushers in Knowshon Moreno (93 yards) and Reggie Bush (92 yards).

“He is a fantastic football player and that’s not a news bulletin,” Garrett said. “We had a chance to coach him in the Pro Bowl I think after the 2009 season and spent a week with him and he is just something else. He’s exactly what you want an NFL player to be. He represents himself as a person so well and he is just awfully good. He’s big, strong, fast, explosive. He breaks tackles. He’s relentless. Since he was probably this high, he’s had a big bull’s eye on his back and he continues to be productive.

“It’s a heckuva a challenge ever time you break the huddle trying to slow that guy down. He did get out a couple of times and that’s the nature of it when you play a guy like that. But on the whole I thought we hung in there and did a pretty decent job stopping him.”