Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Tim Arcand@@TArcandCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

Final Vikings 36, Rams 22

In the matchup of marquee running backs, Adrian Peterson did not disappoint. He led the Vikings with 212 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. It was the second 200-yard rushing game of the season for Peterson who is having the best season of his career, less than a year after suffering his knee injury in Week 17 last season.  He matched the longest run of his career with an 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He also had another run of 52 yards in the fourth quarter. 

Rookie Blair Walsh added five field goals, three of them from greater than 50 yards, to help the Vikings score on seven of their offensive drives. 

The Vikings defense also came up with two turnovers that led to 10 points. The second was a Sam Bradford interception by Everson Griffen that he returned 29 yards for a touchdown. 

Steven Jackson finished the with game with 73 yards on 13 carries. It gives the nine-year veteran 10,002 for his career. He also led the Rams' receivers with eight catches for 73 yards. 

Bradford finished with 377 passing yards and three touchdowns. Most of that came in the second half after the Vikings had opened up a 30-7 lead at halftime. 

The win keeps the Vikings in the playoff hunt as they move to 8-6 with another road game at Houston next week. 

The loss drops the Rams to 6-7-1, eliminating their chance at making the playoffs.