Thursday Night Football: Patriots, Vikings tied 16-16 at halftime

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The Patriots and Vikings have gone back and forth in the first half of the Thanksgiving nightcap and are tied 16-16 at halftime.

Justin Jefferson has once again led the way, catching six of his seven targets for 94 yards with a touchdown in the first 30 minutes. He opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown on Minnesota’s opening drive. He had an 11-yard pass to Adam Thielen on that same possession.

Jefferson also had an outstanding 37-yard catch deep down the right side midway through the second quarter.

With his 94 yards, Jefferson broke Randy Moss’ league record for most receiving yards through a player’s first three seasons. Moss had 4,163. Jefferson has bested that with six games left in his third year.

T.J. Hockenson scored the Vikings’ second touchdown with 1:30 left in the first half on a 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins. While Greg Joseph made a 30-yard field goal, he missed the extra point after Hockenson’s touchdown.

The Patriots scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Mac Jones to Nelson Agholor and three field goals from Nick Folk. The last one came from 23 yards out with three seconds left to even the score at 16 all.

Mac Jones is 12-of-15 passing for 148 yards with a touchdown. Nelson Agholor leads with three catches for 52 yards with his TD.

While Jakobi Meyers had to exit the game with a shoulder injury, he came back in late in the half.

Cousins is 17-of-21 for 181 with two touchdowns and an interception. Dalvin Cook has just 29 yards on 12 carries.

The Patriots are slated to have the ball to start the second half.

11 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Patriots, Vikings tied 16-16 at halftime

  1. Kirk Cousins sharp in primetime? That would be a problem for the rest of the league.

  2. Surprised BB hasn’t found a way to stop JJ. JJ gonna be eating turkey legs by the end of the game.

  3. 2 bonehead plays on last drive prevented a possible touchdown. How do you not go out of bounds or throw it away? Cost 2 timeouts.. Belichick is supposed to be the master of situational football, but his players had brain farts.

  4. The Patriots are playing very well tonight. Not flawless, but the line is certainly giving Jones more time and Jones has been using it well. He has looked sharp when he gets the time. I expected the Pats to get overmatched and creamed in this game. Whether or not they go on to win or lose they have not been overmatched. Its been a tightly fought contest with both teams playing a decent but not flawless game. And really the oline improvement this week (so far) has exceeded even my wildest hopes.

  5. If it’s true that defense wins championships, the way the porous Vikings defense has been playing they have no chance this year, unless they plug the holes.

  6. If you think that’s Kirk making those good throws, it’s not. He couldn’t make a good throw even if he was playing a carnival game. It’s me in a Viking’s uniform.

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