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Rush Street: Payton's effort ranks No. 1

Despite flu, Sweetness ran for 275 yards in 1977 victory over Minnesota

Originally Published: July 16, 2010
ESPN.com

Adrian Peterson owns the single-game rushing record (296 yards against the San Diego Chargers in 2007). Does that automatically give him ownership of the top rushing performance in NFL regular-season history? If only it were that simple.

After extensive research and analysis, we came up with a top-5 list. We rated each performance on a 10-point scale in four categories: importance of game, quality of opponent, impact of performance and miscellaneous factors.

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