NFL Rushing Yards Single Game Leaders

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Leaders Table
Rank Player Yds Tm Boxscore
1Adrian Peterson296MINMinnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers, November 4, 2007
2Jamal Lewis295BALBaltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, September 14, 2003
3Jerome Harrison286CLECleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs, December 20, 2009
4Corey Dillon278CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos, October 22, 2000
5Walter Payton+275CHIChicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, November 20, 1977
6O.J. Simpson+273BUFBuffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, November 25, 1976
7Shaun Alexander266SEASeattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, November 11, 2001
8Jamaal Charles259KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, January 3, 2010
9DeMarco Murray253DALDallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Rams, October 23, 2011
10Doug Martin251TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders, November 4, 2012
Mike Anderson251DENDenver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, December 3, 2000
12O.J. Simpson+250BUFBuffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, September 16, 1973
Spec Sanders250NYYNew York Yankees vs. Chicago Rockets, October 24, 1947
14Eric Dickerson+248RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys, January 4, 1986
15Willie Ellison247RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, December 5, 1971
16Corey Dillon246CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Oilers, December 4, 1997
17Cookie Gilchrist243BUFBuffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, December 8, 1963
LaDainian Tomlinson+243SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders, December 28, 2003
19Derrick Henry238TENTennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, December 6, 2018
20Emmitt Smith+237DALDallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, October 31, 1993
Jim Brown+237CLECleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 19, 1961
Jim Brown+237CLECleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams, November 24, 1957
Barry Sanders+237DETDetroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, November 13, 1994
24Le'Veon Bell236PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, December 11, 2016
25Doug Martin235TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 22, 2015
26Tiki Barber234NYGNew York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, December 30, 2006
Fred Taylor234JAXJacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 19, 2000
28Jamaal Charles233KANKansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints, September 23, 2012
29Jim Brown+232CLECleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys, September 22, 1963
Bobby Mitchell+232CLECleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins, November 15, 1959
31Arian Foster231HOUHouston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts, September 12, 2010
32Beanie Wells228ARIArizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams, November 27, 2011
Chris Johnson228TENTennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, November 1, 2009
Clinton Portis228DENDenver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals, December 29, 2002
Ricky Williams228MIAMiami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, December 1, 2002
36Napoleon Kaufman227OAKOakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, October 19, 1997
O.J. Simpson+227BUFBuffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, September 28, 1975
Priest Holmes227BALBaltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, November 22, 1998
39Jamaal Charles226KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, December 23, 2012
40Leonard Fournette225JAXJacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos, September 29, 2019
41Adrian Peterson224MINMinnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, October 14, 2007
Knowshon Moreno224DENDenver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, November 24, 2013
43Jim Brown+223CLECleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 3, 1963
Willie Parker223PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, December 7, 2006
Tommy Wilson223RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers, December 16, 1956
46Bo Jackson221RAILos Angeles Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks, November 30, 1987
Greg Bell221RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers, September 24, 1989
Gerald Riggs221WASWashington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, September 17, 1989
49LaDainian Tomlinson+220SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, December 1, 2002
Marshall Faulk+220STLSt. Louis Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, December 24, 2000
Tiki Barber220NYGNew York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs, December 17, 2005
Michael Turner220ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions, September 7, 2008
Barry Sanders+220DETDetroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings, November 24, 1991
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