Adrian Peterson ran right past everyone this season. Past all those running backs before him who couldn't make it to 2,000 yards in a season. Past every doubter who dared to think Peterson wouldn't make it back from a devastating knee injury.
Past everyone except Eric Dickerson.
Peterson became the seventh player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, plowing through the Green Bay Packers for a 20-yard gain that put him over the top in the third quarter Sunday in Minneapolis. He finished with 199 yards and a touchdown in the 37-34 victory, leaving him 9 yards shy of breaking Dickerson's single-season record.
"Ultimately we got the 'W,' " Peterson said after carrying the ball a career-high 34 times. "We said during the week, if it happens, it happens. Don't focus on it."
Peterson needed 208 yards to break Dickerson's record of 2,105 set in 1984. His 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up Blair Walsh's winning field goal, a kick that clinched a playoff berth for the Vikings. He'll have to settle for the second-best total -- 2,097 yards -- and a trip to Lambeau Field for a playoff rematch Saturday.
"I know Eric Dickerson is feeling so good right now," Peterson said with a chuckle, referencing public comments from Dickerson a few weeks back saying he hoped Peterson didn't break his record. "But God willing, I'll get it next year."
Even without the record, his remarkable comeback season has a magic number to punctuate it.
Peterson came in 102 yards shy of joining O.J. Simpson, Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis and Chris Johnson in the 2,000-yard club. Peterson is the only one to do it after reconstructive knee surgery, and he did it on the one-year anniversary of his surgery.
"He is without question the best running back in our game and truly, in my mind, the MVP of our league," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "We don't win this game without Adrian Peterson."
Eagles: Andy Reid is out after 14 years as the Eagles' coach, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press after Philadelphia's 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.
Reid is scheduled to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday to discuss his future, and an official announcement will come afterward, according to one person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a final agreement hadn't been reached. That person said there is a chance Reid might remain with the team in some capacity.
Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. He said he wants to coach next year, but it's possible Lurie could persuade him to take a season off and perhaps help out in the front office in an advisory role.
The Eagles (4-12) finished their worst season under Reid by losing 11 of their last 12 games. They missed the playoffs two straight years for the first time under Reid.
"We weren't very good," Reid said after the loss to the Giants. "That's my responsibility, and I take complete blame for it."
More numbers: Drew Brees passed for 396 yards, giving him 5,177 this season, third most behind the 2011 totals by Brees (5,476) and New England's Tom Brady (5,235). Brees became the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four TD passes gave him 43 in 2012. He's the first player with 40 TD passes in consecutive seasons.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford finished with an NFL-record 727 pass attempts, topping Drew Bledsoe's mark of 691 from 1994. Stafford fell short of a second consecutive 5,000-yard season, finishing at 4,967.
Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez reached 90 catches to become the first NFL tight end with five seasons of 90 or more receptions.
No return engagement: With the Giants missing the playoffs, it marks the seventh straight season the Super Bowl champion has failed to win a playoff game the following year.
"There's always tomorrow," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. "It just won't be this year."