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Steven Jackson became the 15th player to rush for 10,000 yards for the Rams. He had 73 yards on just eight carries and has 909 yards on the year, keeping him in range of an eighth straight 1,000-yard season.

A moment of silence was observed for victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting before the national anthem, with dozens of children wearing uniform jerseys holding hands with players in a circle extending from the 30-yard lines and centered on the Rams‘ logo at midfield.

In a tribute to the 26 victims, each team sent the players wearing the No. 26 jersey — Rams running back Daryl Richardson and Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield — and they held hands with coaches Jeff Fisher and Frazier to form a smaller interior circle.

“What went through my mind? I have a son that’s in kindergarten,” Jackson said. “You drop your kid off at school and he or she wants to go there and learn and better themselves, and to then go to the school and find that your child will no longer be with you, I couldn’t imagine that thing.”

Peterson topped his previous single-season best of 1,760 yards in 2007 on a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter. On both long runs, Peterson made something out of nothing with nimble cutbacks to daylight.

Christian Ponder had a turnover-free game and ran for the game’s first score for the Vikings, who had been just 1-5 on the road with the other victory at Detroit in September. Rookie kicker Blair Walsh was perfect on five field-goal attempts, three of them from 50 yards and beyond.

The Rams stopped Peterson, held to minus-3 yards on five carries, but not Ponder on the Vikings‘ opening drive. Benefiting from a short field at the St. Louis 45, the quarterback was 3 for 3 for 38 yards plus a 5-yard scramble that put them up 7-0.

Rookie Brian Quick won a jump ball with A.J. Jefferson in the end zone on a 4-yard reception, landing just inbounds to tie it early in the second quarter.

Then, the Vikings took over.

Peterson had eight carries for 8 yards before breaking his 82-yard score on the next play.

“It’s all about famine, famine, feast,” Peterson said. “We knew it was going to be tough early and our offensive line was dialed into it. We just kept pounding them.”

Walsh’s 50-yard field goal made the Rams pay for Bradford’s botched snap and Griffen’s first career interception and return gave Minnesota 17 points in a span of just 3:56.

“He threw it right to me,” Griffen said. “It was a dream come true. I want to say ‘Thank you, Sam Bradford.’”

Peterson entered the day with more rushing yards than 23 teams, including the Rams, and accounted for more than two thirds of the Vikings‘ 322 yards. Ponder was a facilitator, going 17 for 24 for 131 yards.

Throw out the costly mistakes and it looks as if Bradford was on his game, going 35 for 55 for 377 yards. Jackson caught eight passes for 73 yards, and Brandon Gibson and Amendola had six receptions each.

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