Sooners in the NFL: Week 17
Peterson Wins Rushing Title
Before Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Green Bay had even kicked off, running back Adrian Peterson had already claimed the third rushing title of his nine-year NFL career.
He entered the contest 1,418 rushing yards, 16 more than second-place finisher Doug Martin of Tampa Bay. Peterson then gained 67 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown to finish the season with 1,485 yards as the Vikings beat the Packers, 20-13, to claim the NFC North title.
In addition to the rushing title, Peterson also led the league in rushing attempts (327), rushing attempts per game (20.4), rushing yards per game (92.8), first down runs (71), and he tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns (11).
Peterson also won rushing titles in 2008 with 1,760 yards and 2012 with 2,097 yards. At 30 years old, he is the second oldest player to win the rushing title, according to Vikings.com.
Sooners in the Playoffs
With Wild Card Weekend up next, 14 former Sooners on active rosters have advanced with their teams to the NFL Playoffs. That’s the most playoff representatives of any Big 12 team with Texas coming in second at 10. Nationally, only Georgia (21), Alabama (17) and Florida (15) had more.
In the AFC, linebacker Corey Nelson and the Denver Broncos earned the No. 1 seed, while Geneo Grissom and the New England Patriots claimed the No. 2 seed. Both have byes in the opening round.
The Sooners are represented by four players on the third-seeded Kansas City Chiefs: defensive back Jamell Fleming, defensive tackle David King, offensive tackle Donald Stephenson and long snapper James Winchester. They’ll meet Houston in the first game of the playoffs on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. CT on ABC/ESPN. Saturday night, quarterback Landry Jones and sixth-seeded Pittsburgh travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 7:15 p.m. CT on CBS.
In the NFC, the top seed went to Carolina, which features rookie offensive tackle Daryl Williams. Also earning a bye in the opening weekend was No. 2 Arizona, featuring tight end Jermaine Gresham and safety Tony Jefferson.
Sunday’s games begin with No. 3 Minnesota playing host to No. 6 Seattle at 12:05 p.m. CT on NBC. The Vikings are led by NFL rushing champion Adrian Peterson. Then in the final contest of the weekend, No. 4 Washington hosts No. 5 Green Bay at 3:40 p.m. CT on FOX. Washington’s roster includes two former Sooners in punter Tress Way and offensive tackle Trent Williams, while Green Bay boasts rookie fullback Aaron Ripkowski.
Sam Bradford threw for 320 yards, including touchdown passes of four and three yards, on 30-38 passing with one interception, while DeMarco Murray ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Lane Johnson started for Philadelphia in a 35-30 victory over the New York Giants … running back Damien Williams rushed three times for 11 yards and caught three passes for 38 yards, Kenny Stills had one reception for 11 yards and rookie Jordan Phillips tallied two tackles as Miami surprised New England, 20-10 … in the loss for the Patriots, rookie Geneo Grissom had one sack … safety Tony Jefferson recorded eight tackles and tight end Jermaine Gresham caught two passes for 36 yards in Arizona’s 36-6 loss to Seattle … Aaron Colvin made five tackles and broke up a pass, but Jacksonville lost to Houston 30-6 … Tress Way averaged 50.0 yards on four punts as Washington won in Dallas, 34-23 … Cowboys tight end James Hanna set season highs in both receptions (3) and receiving yards (28) and defensive tackle Casey Walker saw playing time in the loss … defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had three tackles as Tampa Bay lost to Carolina, 38-10 … rookie tight end Blake Bell caught one pass for five yards as San Francisco beat St. Louis in overtime, 19-16 … Jamell Fleming made one tackle on special teams, Donald Stephenson started on the offensive line and James Winchester was the long snapper as Kansas City won its 10th in a row with a 23-17 win over Oakland … for the Raiders, linebacker Curtis Lofton made three tackles and defensive tackle Stacy McGee had two stops in the loss … linebacker Corey Nelson produced two tackles as Denver downed San Diego, 27-20 … in a 24-20 win over Chicago, Detroit linebacker Travis Lewis had one tackle on special teams and offensive lineman Gabe Ikard saw playing time … Chris Chester started at right guard for Atlanta in a 20-17 loss to New Orleans
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Demontre Hurst (Chicago), fullback Aaron Ripkowski (Green Bay) and offensive tackle Daryl Williams (Carolina)
The following players were active but did not play: quarterback Landry Jones (Pittsburgh)
The following players were made inactive: defensive end David King (Kansas City) and offensive tackle Trent Williams (Washington)