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

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

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

The Vikings moved to 9-2 on the season in the final game of the NFL Thanksgiving tripleheader by the Patriots, 33-26.

After being held to the top of the field in Week 11, these two offenses wasted no time in the end zone to start this game. Minnesota needed just eight plays to drive 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive of the night. New England then matched 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 were tied at 16 at halftime.

New England opened the final half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to lead by seven. It didn’t take long for Minnesota to get the game back, though, with Kene Nwangwu returning a punt 97 yards for a touchdown.

It was 26 at the start of the fourth quarter, and that’s when the Vikings started to pull away. A New England penalty kicking the kicker gave Minnesota new life on a third-and-4 and they were charged. Two plays after the penalty, Cousins ​​completed a 36-yard pass to Justin Jefferson and then a 15-yard touchdown. Adam Thielen to take the lead and hold it.

Kirk Cousins ​​finished 30-for-37 for 299 yards with three TDs and an interception. Justin Jefferson was his primary target 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-for-39 for a season-high 382 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions.

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





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