Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

Who knew a matchup between prime time Kirk Cousins ​​and Bill Belichick would be such an offensive outburst?

But in a Thanksgiving evening classic, the Cousins ​​and Minnesota Vikings rallied late for a 33-26 win over the New England Patriots.

Mac Jones had about four and a half minutes to get into the finish zone to keep the game alive, and the Pats were down seven points. A long catch-and-run by Rhamondre Stevenson quickly put the Pats on the other side of the court, but a massive third-down sack forced the 4th and 16th. Jones searched deep for Agholor, but he was out of his reach. and the Vikings took over the landings.

The Pats managed to make a three-out and get the ball – but they had to go 89 yards in 53 seconds. Still, Jones was fired on the first drop for an eight-point loss. Safe to say, it was too much for New England and despite two more completions, time was running out for them.

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Minnesota Vikings #8 Kirk Cousins ​​passes the New England Patriots in the second half at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 24, 2022.

Minnesota Vikings #8 Kirk Cousins ​​passes the New England Patriots in the second half at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 24, 2022.
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The Vikings needed just five games to get into the end zone to start the game – and who else besides Justin Jefferson – but the Pats quickly responded with a 34-yard touchdown on Nelson Agholor. Less than seven minutes to the start of the match, 7-7.

The score was somewhat flattened as both teams agreed for some field goals, but within two minutes of the second quarter, TJ Hockenson scored a goal, giving Minnesota a 16-13 lead (Greg Joseph missed the ensuing PAT). However, Jones was able to quickly put the Pats on the other side of the field so Nick Folk could level the game 16 before half.

The Pats took the ball at halftime and Jones continued to electrify – a fast drive ended in a 37-yard touchdown to Hunter Henry and New England had 23-16. However, the Vikings quickly responded with a 97-yard kickoff for Kene Nwqngwu’s goal to level the match.

Minnesota Vikings wide player Justin Jefferson (18) calls his teammates in the first quarter of the Minnesota Vikings vs New England Patriots game on November 24, 2022, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, celebrating his 6-yard field goal coverage.  .

Minnesota Vikings wide player Justin Jefferson (18) calls his teammates in the first quarter of the Minnesota Vikings vs New England Patriots game on November 24, 2022, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, celebrating his 6-yard field goal coverage. .
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And what did Jones do to respond? He walked just behind the field. Henry nearly caught the second goal of the night, but again saw he didn’t finish the catch, so the Pats settled for three. The Vikings then entered the Pats’ 10-yard line after a long hiatus, but had to settle for three early in the fourth round and tied the game at 26.

After a Patriots punt, the Vikings were set to clear the ball, but the kicker run penalty kept their drive alive. Naturally, Cousins ​​found Jefferson for a 36-yard gain. In the next game, he hit Old Reliable Adam Thielen behind the end zone, making Minnesota 33-26 with 9:34 left to win the game.

Well known for his best time tackles, Cousins ​​was great at this one – he threw for 299 yards at 37 in 30 and scored three goals. Jefferson’s 139 receiving yards was a game high (he also had nine receptions), and Thielen added nine catches for 61 yards.

Jefferson also broke the NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons, beating Randy Moss’s 4,163. Jefferson currently has 4,248 players spanning just 44 games in his career. Moss scored that number in 48 games.

Still, Jones was certainly not inept in his losing effort – he threw for 382 yards and completed 28 of his 39 passes without turning the ball. Stevenson caught nine passes at 78-yard team-high, while DeVante Parker led the 80-yard Pats receivers.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) after catching a 15-yard pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Thursday, November 24, 2022.  in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) after catching a 15-yard pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Thursday, November 24, 2022. in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-Kin)

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The 9-2 Vikings visit the New York Jets (6-4) in Week 13, while the Pats, now 6-5, will host the 8-3 Buffalo Bills weekly starting Thursday.