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Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson sets a new NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons, surpassing former Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss; the Vikings (9-2) back to winning ways after 40-3 thrashing by Dallas Cowboys last week

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Highlights of the New England Patriots vs. the Minnesota Vikings from week 12 of the NFL season

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Highlights of the New England Patriots vs. the Minnesota Vikings from week 12 of the NFL season

Highlights of the New England Patriots vs. the Minnesota Vikings from week 12 of the NFL season

Kirk Cousins ​​threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning score to Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the New England Patriots 33-26 in the final game of Thanksgiving Day in the US.

Story of the game

Cousins ​​completed 30 of 37 throws for 299 yards (plus one interception, with Vikings (9-2) superstar receiver Justin Jefferson accounting for 139, including catching one of Cousins’ hat-trick of WL passes to complete the opening drive of the game.

With his 21st appearance in the 100 meters in just 44 career games. Jefferson set a new NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons, surpassing former Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss.

Patriots QB Mac Jones went 28 of 39, passing for a career-high 382 yards and two scores, but the Patriots (6-5) ran out of steam along the stretch. Their fourth quarter included two three-and-out punts, a turnover on downs at Minnesota’s 39-yard line, and a desperate last drive that went nowhere.

In a true back-and-forth for most of the game, Jones found tight end Hunter Henry for a wide-open 37-yard touchdown pass to start the second half—briefly giving the Patriots a 23-yard lead. 16 secured – but Kene Nwangwu answered right back with a stunning 97-yard kick-off return TD for Minnesota to tie the game again.

Jones appeared to hit Henry for a second score late in the third quarter, but his spinning catch on the goal line that was initially called a touchdown on the field was reversed, as it ruled the ball had hobbled as he secured the catch, and New England had to settle for Nick Folk’s fourth field goal of the game.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen celebrates his deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter of their Thanksgiving win over the New England Patriots

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen celebrates his deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter of their Thanksgiving win over the New England Patriots

It would prove decisive, as the Patriots sank in the fourth quarter, locked out by the Vikings’ defense, as Thielen’s score with nine and a half minutes left pushed them forward for good.

It sees Minnesota (9-2) get back to winning ways after suffering just a second loss of the season — a 40-3 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys — last week, and it gave their rookie head coach Kevin O’ Connell a victory over Bill Belichick, the same man who drafted him in 2008 as backup quarterback to Tom Brady with the Patriots.

Statistics leaders

Patriots

  • Passing: Mac Jones, 28/39, 382 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Rushing: Saquon Barkley, seven bearers, 36 yards
  • Reception: DeVante Parker, four catches, 80 yards
  • Nelson Agholor, six catches, 65 yards, 1 touchdown

Vikings

  • Passes: Kirk Cousins, 30/37, 299 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Dalvin Cook, 22 carries, 42 yards
  • Reception: Justin Jefferson, nine catches, 139 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Adam Thielen, nine catches, 61 yards, 1 TD

What’s next?

The Thanksgiving Week action continues with the usual triple-header of Sunday night NFL action, which begins with the Bengal from Cincinnati (6-4) on the way to the Tennessee Titans (7-3) in a repeat of last year’s playoff clash between the two, which the Bengals won 19-16 en route to the Super Bowl – watch live on Sky Sports NFL from 6 pm.

Then we go to the San Francisco 49ers (6-4), who are riding into their home game against the struggling one on a three-game win streak Saints of New Orleans (4-7) – this one at Levi’s Stadium starts at 9:25 p.m.

And to wrap up the action on Sunday night, we’re joining our friends at NBC for it Football night in America and Sunday Night Football, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (4-7) absolutely desperate for a win to keep their fading playoff hopes alive as they journey to the top of the NFC Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) – Kick-off is at 01:20, early Monday morning.

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