Highlights: Patriots fall to Vikings 33-26 on Thanksgiving night
The New England Patriots fell to 6-5 on the season after a 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving night. Keep scrolling for a recap of the top highlights from a game filled with them.
Patriots Turn It Over On Downs
The Patriots had a promising drive with a chance to tie the game, but a third-down sack against Mac Jones made it fourth-and-16. Jones and Nelson Agholor can’t quite connect and the Vikings take over. Game’s not quite over yet, but the Patriots defense needs a three-and-out.
Rhamondre Stevenson gave the Pats a chance with a 40-yard run.
The Vikings were about to punt it back to the Patriots. Instead, they get a fresh set of downs after Patriots rookie running back Pierre Strong Jr. ran into punter Ryan Wright on fourth-and-3. Two plays later, Kirk Cousins hit Justin Jefferson deep for 36 yards. They’d later score a touchdown on a Cousins pass to Adam Thielen. It’s now 33-26 Vikings.
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph is good from 36 yards out, and it’s now 26-26. This has become a back-and-forth affair in Minneapolis.
This was a hit-or-miss drive by the Patriots defense. Slot cornerback Myles Bryant had a particularly tough time, giving up a 25-yard catch over the middle to Jalen Reagor, then committing a personal foul to give the Vikings a fresh first-and-goal. But a sack by Josh Uche helped push the Vikes back and make it tough on them in the red zone, so ultimately it was a good job keeping them out of the end zone.
It looked for a moment like Hunter Henry had scored his second touchdown of the game, but the officials ultimately reversed the call on review, making it fourth down. Nick Folk is good again, so it’s now 26-23 Patriots.
The Patriots got to the red zone on this drive thanks to a 40-yard dime from Mac Jones to DeVante Parker.
Vikings Immediately Run Kickoff Back For Touchdown
Just like that, we’re tied again. Patriots give up a 97-yard kick return touchdown to Kene Nwangwu. Looks like Kyle Dugger might have been held on the play, which allowed Nwangwu to get to the edge and take off, but there was no penalty.
The Patriots got their once-patented double-score. After converting a field goal to end the first half, they found the end zone on their first drive of the second half, capped by a Mac Jones pass to tight end Hunter Henry for a 37-yard catch-and-run touchdown. It’s now 23-16 Patriots.
The Vikings are back on top, thanks to some big plays and a strong red-zone performance. Justin Jefferson sparked the drive with a spectacular 37-yard catch, then T.J. Hockenson finished it off with the touchdown catch. Greg Joseph’s extra point was no good, though. It’s now 16-13 Patriots.
Kirk Cousins was under pressure from Daniel Ekuale and others on third-and-10, and heaved the ball deep down the middle – where Jonathan Jones was waiting. After nearly picking off Cousins the previous drive, Jones makes the play. And he got a big return on it, too. We’ll see if the Pats can capitalize…
Minnesota drew first blood, scoring on their opening drive for the seventh time this season. Justin Jefferson caught the touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins, the extra point is good, and it’s now 7-0 Vikings.
Impressive opening drive for Cousins and the Vikes offense. Jefferson also threw a pass to Adam Thielen as part of it.
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