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Sweet victory

Updated: October 23, 2001, 9:27 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Game Nov. 20, 1977 - Suffering the effects of a flu attack, Payton stayed in bed Thursday and most of Friday. By game time, Payton felt well enough to play against Minnesota, though not 100 percent.

By the time the contest at Chicago's Soldier Field was over, it was the vaunted Vikings defense that was feeling sick as Payton tore through it to set an NFL rushing record.

He ran for 77 yards in the first quarter and by halftime had 144 on 26 carries, including a one-yard ...

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