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Redskins, Vikings nab last NFL playoff berths

 

WASHINGTON (AFP) December 31, 2012 1:55:53 AM EST

Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins celebrates after the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on December 30, 2012.

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins celebrates after the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on December 30, 2012.

"My goal wasn't to break the record. My goal was to make the playoffs," Morris said. "I couldn't have imagined to come in here in my rookie year and do what I've been able to do."

Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings runs from Green Bay Packers defenders during the third quarter on December 30, 2012. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. It was the Vikings' fourth straight victory since a 23-14 defeat at Green Bay. After that, they beat Chicago, downed St. Louis on the road and defeated Houston.

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Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings runs from Green Bay Packers defenders during the third quarter on December 30, 2012. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. It was the Vikings' fourth straight victory since a 23-14 defeat at Green Bay. After that, they beat Chicago, downed St. Louis on the road and defeated Houston.

 Griffin, still hampered by the lingering effects of a knee injury, completed just nine of 18 passes for 100 yards, but still rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay were also trying for that bye, but fell short in Minneapolis, where Adrian Peterson narrowly missed the NFL's single-season rushing record but played a key role in a thrilling 37-34 Vikings victory over the Packers.

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012. Peterson narrowly missed out on a milestone but Minnesota's superstar running back helped the Vikings to a dramatic 37-34 victory and into an NFL playoff berth.

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Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012. Peterson narrowly missed out on a milestone but Minnesota's superstar running back helped the Vikings to a dramatic 37-34 victory and into an NFL playoff berth.

 Peterson ran for 199 yards -- nine less than he needed to break the rushing record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.

Peterson, a year removed from a career-threatening knee injury, admitted it was "bittersweet" to miss the record, but rejoiced in accomplishing the "ultimate goal" of reaching the playoffs.

He ran for two touchdowns and delivered a 26-yard spurt on the final drive that set the stage for Blair Walsh's game-winning field goal.

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass during their game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on December 30, 2012. Romo completed 20-of-37 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions as Dallas missed the playoffs for the third successive season.

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Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass during their game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on December 30, 2012. Romo completed 20-of-37 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions as Dallas missed the playoffs for the third successive season.

While Denver and New England rest next weekend, the Texans will host Cincinnati, who closed out the regular season with a 23-17 win Baltimore.

The Ravens, who rested most of their starters, will host the Colts in the first round next Sunday.


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