x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Play-offs beckon for victorious Vikings

Adrian Peterson rushes for two touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings clinch a play-off spot with a 30-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, rushes for a gain and first down past Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones in the second quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, rushes for a gain and first down past Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones in the second quarter.

MINNEAPOLIS // Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings clinched a play-off spot with a 30-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in a clash of NFL division leaders on Sunday. Peterson rushed for 97 yards and Brett Favre threw for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Vikings (11-2) bounced back from last weekend's road loss at Arizona for their seventh consecutive home win. Cincinnati (9-4), despite 11 penalties and only 94 yards passing by their quarterback Carson Palmer, held on to the AFC North's top spot. The Bengals pulled back to 10-7 in the second quarter but Minnesota scored the next 13 points, including two field goals in the quarter's final 35 seconds after a Cincinnati fumble.

The Vikings lead the NFC North by two games over the Green Bay Packers (9-4), who won their fifth in a row with a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. * Reuters