Peterson stars for Vikings
A review of Sunday's early NFL action as Minnesota Vikings beat Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wembley showdown.
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London's love affair with the NFL grew ever stronger as Adrian Peterson lit up a sold-out Wembley to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a thrilling 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The reigning MVP scored two touchdowns and ran for 140 yards as the Vikings prevailed in an enthralling contest between two previously winless teams desperate to save their seasons.
Pittsburgh's Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did his best to keep the Steelers in it - throwing for 383 yards and a touchdown - and a last-ditch drive had them within six yards of the end zone with 22 seconds left, but Everson Griffin sacked him to secure the Vikings' victory.
That highlighted the offensive line struggles which dogged Pittsburgh all night - and all season to date - to leave them playing catch-up from the start.
Instead the night belonged to the Vikings and their veteran quarterback Matt Cassel, recovered from the scrapheap during the off-season and thrust into a starting role here in place of injury hit Christian Ponder.
Cassel completed 16 of 25 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
The night also belonged to the NFL itself as they boasted a crowd of 83,519 with next month's meeting of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers nearing a sell-out too, perhaps bringing closer their dream of a London franchise.
Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns as he led the Denver Broncos to a record-breaking 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Manning was once again at the heart of everything the Broncos did as they scored more points than they ever had before in a single game to improve to 4-0.
Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and found Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker twice apiece to take his TD total to 16, the most ever in the first month of a season.
The New England Patriots also moved to 4-0 as Tom Brady led them to a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Brady threw for 316 yards and two TDs as the Patriots remained perfect through four for the first time since 2007, when they racked up a perfect 16-0 regular-season record.
Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns as the San Diego Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-21.
Dallas were riding high after a 21-point second quarter but Rivers and the Chargers stormed back, including a 56-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates in the fourth which blew the game open.
Jake Locker threw for three touchdowns before being forced off with a hip injury in the Tennessee Titans' 38-13 victory over the New York Jets, while the Washington Redskins rallied from 14 points down to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-14 for their first win of the season.
The Detroit Lions moved into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North thanks to a 40-32 victory over the Bears at Ford Field on Sunday.
Reggie Bush, who missed last weekend's win over the Washington Redskins due to a knee injury, ran for 139 yards on 18 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown run as the Lions (3-1) rallied from 10-6 down early in the second quarter with 24 straight points.
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 4-0 for the first time in a decade with a 31-7 romp against the injury-depleted New York Giants.
Alex Smith completed 24 of 41 passes for a season-high 288 yards with three TDs as the 2011 Super Bowl champions slumped to 0-4.
Brian Hoyer threw two TD passes in his first home start to guide Cleveland to a 17-6 success against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hoyer connected with Chris Ogbonnaya on a one-yard score to give the Browns (2-2) an 11-point cushion with 4:54 left on the clock.
The Seattle Seahawks achieved the first 4-0 start in franchise history courtesy of a 23-20 win against the Houston Texans (2-2), Steven Hauschka's overtime field goal proving decisive.
The Arizona Cardinals overturned a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to topple Tampa Bay 13-10. Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal 1:29 from the end to condemn the Buccaneers (0-4) to their third final-minute loss of the season.
Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso's second interception of the game with 57 seconds left clinched a 23-20 victory for the Buffalo Bulls against the Baltimore Ravens.
Aaron Williams also intercepted Joe Flacco twice - Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions - while EJ Manuel threw a 42-yard TD pass to fellow rookie Robert Woods to put the Bills in control.
The Jacksonville Jaguars remained winless after Indianapolis stormed to a 37-3 triumph. Andrew Luck hurled two TD passes while Trent Richardson ran for one score for the Colts (3-1).