vikings vs. Patriots score: Justin Jefferson shines on Thanksgiving as Minnesota improves to 9-2

The Vikings moved to 9-2 this season after knocking out the Patriots in the final game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving triple-header, 33-26.

After hanging on for field goals in Week 11, both offenses wasted no time reaching the end zone to begin this game. Minnesota needed just eight plays to go 80 yards to score a touchdown on the night’s opening drive. Then New England matched that score with a score of their own when Mac Jones connected with Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard touchdown. From then on, these offenses continued to match each other throughout the first half, tying the knot at the break at 16.

New England opened the last half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to go up by seven. It wasn’t long before Minnesota tied the game again when Kene Nwangwu ran a kickoff 97 yards back for a touchdown.

It was 26-all at the start of the fourth quarter and it was at that point that the Vikings began to pull away. A New England penalty kick for running into the kicker revived Minnesota on a third and fourth kick and they cashed in. Two plays after the penalty, Cousins ​​completed a 36-yard pass to Justin Jefferson and then a 15-yard touchdown. to Adam Thielen to take the lead and hold it.

Kirk Cousins ​​finished 30 of 37 for 299 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Justin Jefferson was his go-to target and the star wideout had 9 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, breaking a Randy Moss record. Meanwhile, Mac Jones was 28 of 39 for a season-high 382 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions.

From here, the Patriots head back to Foxborough and gear up for another Thursday night game as they will host the Buffalo Bills for their first meeting of the season. As for the Vikings, they’ll hang out at US Bank Stadium and prepare for the New York Jets.

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