Adrian Peterson, Vikings find no silver lining in loss

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Despite holding the Dallas offense to just 13 points in the previous 57 minutes of play, Minnesota’s defense failed the Vikings in crunch time Sunday.

The defense allowed a 90 yard game-winning drive in the final 2:44 to hand the Cowboys a 27-23 win at AT&T Stadium.

Running back Adrian Peterson seemed to regain his form in the loss, rushing for 140 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. The score, an impressive 11-yard run with defenders hanging from his back, was Peterson’s fifth in four career games against the Cowboys.

“I don’t really care about the yards,” said the soft-spoken Palestine, Texas, native, who had nearly 80 friends and family members in attendance by his count. “I want to get some W’s. I don’t want to rush for 2,000 yards and be sitting at home [come playoff time] watching others play.”

Minnesota traded field goals with the Cowboys on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter but gambled on fourth-and-1 from the Dallas 16 with 13:32 remaining in the second. To no one’s surprise, quarterback Christian Ponder handed the ball off to Peterson, who was stuffed for no gain, giving Dallas the ball.

The Cowboys converted the failed attempt into a 12-play, 58-yard scoring drive capped by Dan Bailey’s 44-yard field goal to go up 6-3.

Ponder, making consecutive starts for the first time since Week 3, answered on the Vikings’ next possession, scoring on a 6-yard scramble to give the Vikings a 10-6 lead heading into halftime.

“It was a good experience to get back here and be home and play in this stadium and have family come watch,” said Ponder, a former Colleyville Heritage standout. “But it’s a tough experience when you lose.”

The win gives Dallas a one-game lead in the series, bumping their all-time record to 15-14 over the Vikings.

The 1-7 record marks the worst start in Vikings history, dating to the franchise’s first season in 1961.

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