NFL: Minnesota 21, Arizona 14

Oct. 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Adrian Peterson rambled for 153 yards Sunday and the Minnesota defense largely stifled Arizona's attack in the Vikings' 21-14 win over the Cardinals.

Peterson notched a touchdown among his 23 carries as the Vikings (5-2) limited Arizona to 5-of-14 efficiency on third-down plays and recorded seven sacks en route to the victory.

The Minnesota defense helped Christian Ponder, who managed just four passing yards in the second half, finishing 8-of-17 with two interceptions through the air.

But the Vikings signal-caller did hook up with Percy Harvin on a three-yard, go-ahead TD pass in the second quarter.

John Skelton's scoring strike to Andre Roberts late in the game narrowed the margin to seven points, but Arizona (4-3) could get no closer.

LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

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