<
>

Adrian Peterson scores 100th career touchdown in first quarter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson became the 13th running back in NFL history to score 100 career touchdowns when he sliced through the Arizona Cardinals’ defense for a 9-yard score in the first quarter Thursday night.

Peterson scored his 100th TD -- his 95th on the ground -- in his 117th career game, becoming the ninth player in NFL history to reach 100 touchdowns as quickly.

The running back carried four times on the Vikings’ seven-play, 80-yard march in the first quarter, gaining 38 yards on those four carries. Peterson, who carried the ball just eight times in the Week 13 loss to Seattle, had only five carries in Sunday's first half. After the game, he said the Vikings were “outcoached -- and outplayed, too,” in the 38-7 defeat to the Seahawks, adding he was frustrated with his lack of carries. On Tuesday, Peterson said his desire for more touches was the “mindset of a player who wants to be great.”

The NFL’s leading rusher has topped 1,200 yards for the season in his 13th game. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Peterson is the first 30-year-old back to reach 1,200 rushing yards since Thomas Jones in 2009. He now has seven 1,200-yard rushing seasons, the eighth player in NFL history with that many such seasons in a career.