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

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

After being held to field goals in Week 11, both of these offenses wasted no time getting into the end zone to begin this game. Minnesota needed just eight plays to travel 80 yards to score a touchdown on the opening drive of the night. New England then matched that score with one of its 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 tied at 16 at halftime.

New England opened the final half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to go up by seven. It didn’t take long for Minnesota to bring the game back to even when Kene Nwangwu ran back a 97-yard kickoff for a touchdown.

It was 26-all at the start of the fourth quarter, and that’s when the Vikings started to pull away. A penalty on New England for running into the kicker gave Minnesota new life on a third-and-4 punt, 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 and hold the lead.

Kirk Cousins ​​finished 30-of-37 for 299 yards with three TDs and an interception. Justin Jefferson was his target, and the star wideout had 9 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, breaks a record held by Randy Moss. Meanwhile, Mac Jones was 28-of-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 game Thursday night 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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