Adrian Peterson's intensely personal decision to play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers two days after the death of his 2-year-old son never was a question in Peterson's mind.

"I don't ask people to understand my mindset and how I think" Peterson said after the game. "Anything that's bad I try to take good from it. That's the way I approach life in all situations. I never thought about not playing. It was all about just going out there and having the strength to play and having the strength to get through and help my team. That was my focus."

Peterson wound up only carrying the ball 10 times. Carolina did a good job stopping him early. By the time Peterson uncorked a few runs the Vikings trailed by too much to feature the running game in the 35-10 blowout loss.

Peterson was asked afterward about the emotions of his son's death.