Score Vikings vs. Patriots: Justin Jefferson shines on Thanksgiving Day as Minnesota improves to 9-2

The Vikings moved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the Patriots in the final game of an NFL Thanksgiving Day three-game sweep, 33-26.

After being held to field goals in Week 11, both offenses wasted no time getting into the end zone to start this game. Minnesota needed just eight plays to go 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive of the night. Then New England tied that score with one of their own when Mac Jones connected with Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard touchdown. From there, these offenses continued to match each other throughout the first half and found themselves knotted in the penalty box at the break.

New England opened the last half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to go up by seven. It didn’t take long for Minnesota to get back into the game though as Kene Nwangwu scampered off a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

It was 26-all early in the fourth quarter, and that’s when the Vikings started to pull away. A penalty to New England for bumping the kicker gave Minnesota new life on third-and-four punts, and they cashed in. Two plays after the penalty, Cousins ​​completed a 36-yard pass to Justin Jefferson and then a 15-yard touchdown. on Adam Thielen to take over.

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

From there, the Patriots will head back to Foxborough and prepare for another Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Bills in their first meeting of the season. As for the Vikings, they’ll be hanging around US Bank Stadium preparing for the New York Jets.

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