Adrian Peterson would have been forgiven for sitting this one out.
Two days earlier, Peterson’s 2-year-old son was killed in an alleged case of child abuse in Sioux Falls, S.D. The alleged assailant is in jail, and Peterson rushed to the hospital Thursday to see the child before vowing to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Even after his Minnesota Vikings were thumped, 35-10, by the visiting Carolina Panthers and booed off the field by their home crowd, Peterson said he never wavered in his decision to play.
“I was set on it,” said Peterson, who was held to 62 yards on 10 carries. “I just look at things, and I don’t ask people to understand my mindset and how I think. Anything bad, I try to take good from it. That’s the way I approach life in all situations. I never thought about not playing. It was all about just going out there and praying that I have the strength to get through and help my team. That was my focus.”
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Fans held signs that read “Stay Strong 28” and “Prayers for Adrian,” and several teammates offered hugs and well wishes before the game.
Peterson declined to discuss the relationship he had with the boy, who lived with his mother in Sioux Falls. The mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
CHIEFS TAKE SOUND RECORD FROM SEAHAWKS
Fans at Arrowhead Stadium broke the world noise record for an outdoor sports stadium in Kansas City’s 24-7 victory over the Raiders when they reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes.
An official from Guinness World Records told The Associated Press that Chiefs fans broke the record of 136.6 set by fans at a Seattle Seahawks game on Sept. 15 against San Francisco at CenturyLink Field.
“I had people who’d been coming to Chiefs games for decades come up to me and say, ‘I’ve never heard it that loud,’ ” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “It’s very difficult for a team to play in that.”
The Raiders were whistled for 11 penalties — several of them for false starts and delay of game, simply because nobody in the visiting huddle could hear each other talking.
“It was a tough environment,” said Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was sacked 10 times.
The Chiefs organization paid $7,500 to fly an adjudicator from Guinness to Kansas City to document the effort. It turned out to be Philip Robertson, who was on hand when the Seahawks set their mark.
“They destroyed any Premier League hopes of attaining this record, I can tell you that, and I’m a Brit that loves the Premier League,” Robertson said. “It was extraordinary.”
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered an apparent right leg injury in the third quarter against the Rams. Texans fans cheered when the embattled Schaub was hurt and T.J. Yates took over. But on Yates’ first possession, he threw an interception that was returned for a 98-yard touchdown by Alec Ogletree. … The NFL Players Association wants the league to investigate Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and his possible role in leaking information about former quarterback Josh Freeman’s status in the league’s substance-abuse program. … The 49ers are not depending on linebacker Aldon Smith to return this season, according to ESPN. Smith is at an inpatient rehabilitation facility after his arrest on suspicion of DUI in September.