That's all it would have taken for him to break Eric Dickerson's rushing record.
If he had broken just one more decent run at any point in the season, we would have crowned a new single-season rushing king.
Instead, Peterson came up a little bit short in his quest to rewrite the record books.
Don't shed a tear for Peterson, though. He'll be back next year. He's already setting goals that stretch far beyond Dickerson's record:
That's a rather lofty goal. But if there's anyone who can do it, it's definitely Peterson.
The Vikings have an extremely one-dimensional offense, and Peterson was pretty much their only option, particularly after Percy Harvin went down with an injury.
If he stays healthy, and the Vikings commit completely to the run, 2500 isn't completely out of reach.
Will it be difficult? Of course. But we haven't seen a runner quite like Peterson in... well... ever, maybe.
He has the moves to leave opponents grabbing at air, he has the power to run through players, and he has the top-end speed to break away from defenders trying to chase him down.
Will he get 2500 yards next year? Honestly, I don't think so. But don't tell him I said that.