Early in the first quarter he set off on a jet propelled 78-yard touchdown run to give Minnesota an early lead.
He would rush for one more touchdown and receive another, in a predictably outstanding display of power and quick feet.
But after the game it was not just AP who was being talked about. The Lions found a way to win, and that was through off-season acquisition from the Miami Dolphins, Reggie Bush.
Bush caught a short catch before ploughing down the middle of the Minnesota defence for a 77-yard-touchdown, putting up 191 yard combined on the day.
With another standout performance from Joique Bell, the Lions got their season off to a winning start, 34-24.
Which Touchdown was better? Peterson's or Bush's?
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