Thursday Night Football: Vikings improve to 9-2 with 33-26 victory over Patriots

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A strong day of Thanksgiving football had an exciting finish, with the Vikings holding on to defeat the Patriots 33-26 on Thursday night.

While it was a back-and-forth game for most of the contest, Minnesota took the lead for the last time early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Kirk Cousins hit receiver Adam Thielen for a 15-yard touchdown.

Receiver Justin Jefferson set up the score with another outstanding catch, reeling in a 36-yard pass down the left side. Jefferson finished the game with nine catches for 139 yards with a touchdown — a 6-yard score that was the first TD of the game. He also broke Randy Moss’ record for most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons, with six games left on the schedule.

Jefferson also had an 11-yard pass to Thielen on Minnesota’s opening possession.

The Patriots had a chance to tie the game with one final drive that started with 53 seconds on the clock at their own 11-yard line. But with no timeouts, quarterback Mac Jones was sacked on the first play and cornerback Patrick Peterson made an outstanding sideline tackle to keep the clock rolling on the second.

By the time Jones hit Jakobi Meyers with a 23-yard pass on third down, time expired before New England could run another play.

Jones played well for the most part, finishing the game 29-of-39 for 382 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. But the Patriots’ run game could not get going, as they netted just 45 yards on the ground.

On the other side, Cousins finished 30-of-37 for 299 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. While Jefferson led the club in receiving yards, Thielen also had nine catches for 61 yards. Tight end T.J. Hockenson had five catches for 43 yards with a TD.

With the win, the Vikings are now 9-2 and running away with the NFC North. After a long weekend, Minnesota will host the Jets in Week 13.

Now at 6-5, the Patriots will host the 8-3 Bills on regular rest next Thursday night.

68 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Vikings improve to 9-2 with 33-26 victory over Patriots

  1. Shutting down Judon without Darrisaw after last weeks debacle was impressive. Cousins can win in primetime. Jefferson is a phenome. However the defense has to tighten up and Joseph has to go.

  2. Pats are a good team. Props to patriot nation. what an enjoyable night. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  3. Belichick’s defense led to this loss tonight. For once, it wasn’t Mac Jones. This is what happens when the new Patriots play a team above .500.

  4. Pats defense is nowhere near the level of the Cowboys. Kirk was inevitably going to light up the Pats tonight. I’m impressed by how well Mac Jones did tonight but I expected the loss. Bills are the more vulnerable target than the Vikings who have a chip on their shoulder the size of Texas. Not happy to lose but the Vikings are no scrubs and the Pats went toe to toe with them just like the Bills.

  5. Just a great game by Minnesota’s OL, Jefferson and their other receivers. They were simply too much for NE. Great job by O’Connell and his staff to have them well prepared.
    Bad night for Pats’ special teams. Also, NE doesn’t have enough depth to sustain injuries to the likes of Damien Harris, David Andrews, Jakobi Meyers. Pats have to go at least 4-2 to have a chance at the playoffs, vs, Buff, Arizona, Vegas, Cincinnati, Miami and Buff again. Would have to beat Miami or Cincinnati, Buff once, Arizona and Vegas.

  6. The pats left to many points out there in the first half amd the d got tired they also gave up on the running game to easy 39 passes by jones is too many. They faught hard but in the end Minnesota made more plays hats off to them.

  7. jameshodges says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:43 pm
    Belichick’s defense led to this loss tonight. For once, it wasn’t Mac Jones. This is what happens when the new Patriots play a team above .500.

    No, special teams led to this lose. A kickoff return and a roughing the kicker , that was the difference in the game

  8. Been saying all year this isn’t a playoff team, and they proved that tonight. That said, the offense actually looked about as good or better than it has all season. It was special teams miscues and some dome defensive penalties that cost the Patriots the game. Strange that they finally get around to looking somewhat competent on offense (and the line played way better than expected), and they end up loosing. There’s a lot to clean up, and it would have been nice to get some more pressure on Cousins, but at least the offense didn’t look like a complete lost cause. Maybe this is the spark they needed to get some momentum going and not completely relying on the D to keep them in games. Still a rebuild, so it’s all about finishing the season stronger than they started.

  9. Belichick needs to retire. If this team cannot beat opponents with winning records, what’s the point? He’s clearly checked out. It was his mistake by not hiring an offensive coordinator at the beginning of the season. He’s damaging his own legacy.

  10. Angel Valle says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:47 pm
    The pats left to many points out there in the first half amd the d got tired they also gave up on the running game to easy 39 passes by jones is too many. They faught hard but in the end Minnesota made more plays hats off to them.
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    When Damien Harris went out could they not have tried giving strong the ball a couple of times to keep Minnesota guessing? Or is he not considered to be ready?

  11. Is this what they mean when they say that Belichick is playing chess?
    Looks like the guy playing parcheesi won.

  12. Goodell. I mean, that was an abomination. The Vikings apparently never commit a penalty as well.

    Minny got 14 points off bogus calls/non-calls. Dugger was clearly held on the return and if that Kelce TD earlier this year is a TD, then so is the Henry TD that was somehow actually called incomplete.

  13. Is this what they mean when they say that Belichick is playing chess?

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    Belichick’s specialty is feeding on lousy offense, which makes his defense look better than it really is.

  14. That was the best, and worst, that the Pats have looked. They looked threatening on offense for the first time this year. They were dealing for a significant part of the game. There were total gaffs on discipline. There were also a couple of questionable calls. But overall the Pats finally looked alive. They could easily have won against one of the top 4 teams in the league!

  15. Jefferson is a stud! And Kirk finally came through in Prime Time. Vikings own AFC East beating Miami, Buffalo and now New England. SKOL!

  16. Pats won’t have the Lions and Jets to feast on the rest of the way. No playoffs, again. Some genius.

  17. The Patriots gave up 1 sack for zero yards until 3rd and 7 with two and a half minutes to go and 3 for 18 for the game.

    Mack was getting the ball out today. Poor special teams play, penalties and red zone offense lost the game.

    Credit to the Vikings for taken advantage of second opportunities. Cousins, Jefferson and Theilen were clutch.

    Pats first downs from penalties was zero, Vikings 5. The roughing the punter penalty was a game changer.

  18. Easily Mac Jones best game this season and it still ends in a loss. He may have just moved up to the 26th ranked QB in the league.

  19. If Kyle Duggar wasn’t held,the kickoff return for a TD would have never happened.The officials missed that one.

  20. This game shows me how really good the Jets defense was last week. My goodness Minnesota has to find a way to get better on the defensive end otherwise they won’t get far

  21. jameshodges says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:53 pm
    Belichick needs to retire. If this team cannot beat opponents with winning records, what’s the point? He’s clearly checked out. It was his mistake by not hiring an offensive coordinator at the beginning of the season. He’s damaging his own legacy.

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    So you are finally acknowledging that Belichick has built that legacy. A legacy so great that losing a hard fought battle to a 9-2 team is enough to damage it?

  22. flash1224 says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:48 pm
    jameshodges says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:43 pm
    Belichick’s defense led to this loss tonight. For once, it wasn’t Mac Jones. This is what happens when the new Patriots play a team above .500.

    No, special teams led to this lose. A kickoff return and a roughing the kicker , that was the difference in the game

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    Justin Jefferson led to this loss. I do have to tip my hat to him for that game.

  23. Wow, Jefferson is a monster!

    Tough loss for the Pats, but there were some huge positives.

    Mac is back! Why? Because the O-line did an unexpectedly solid job (even with Andrews out), and Patricia’s play-calling was better.

    RBs can’t run against the Pats. Damage will come through the air, and last night, with Jefferson, and the inexcusably boneheaded “running into the punter” penalty, that was enough for the Vikes to win.

    Good game. Congrats to the Vikings. Usually, I’m in a crap mood after a Pats loss, but it was great to see Mac slinging the ball with time and confidence again! He’s a talented, tough QB who has dealt with a lot of nonsense this year and handled it all as a leader should.

    Now. . . How hard can it be to find a punter that can consistently kick a ball farther than 30 yards? I think I can do it.

    Jonnu “Money for Nothing” Smith. Was he active for last night’s game? It’s always hard to tell with him. I can’t wait for him to be gone.

    Henry’s reversed TD never touched the ground.

    Jakobi Meyers is a reincarnation of Troy Brown.

    It’s coming together! Let’s Go, Pats!

  24. At least this will end that “refs favor the patriots” garbage. They’re equally inept for all teams.

  25. Pats will go 9-8 or 10-7. Get mid round draft pick, and will be looking up at Bills and Miami for yrs. BB should be around 80 by the time they’re back in the mix. But Mac is 4th best QB…in the AFC East.

  26. This was a bigger win for the Vikings than it seemed, and a bigger loss for the Patriots. I’m not saying the final score was representative, but the importance to both teams at this point in the season was greater than it seemed.

  27. Can’t remember a Thanksgiving Day that had 3 very entertaining and competitive games like this.

    If the Lions (+9.5) and the Giants (+10) would have won their games instead of just beating the spreads, it would have been more entertaining to me though.

  28. Hate to see my Pats lose this one. But What a great game!

    Congrats to Vikings fans. All around great football and play calling.

  29. Pats’ special teams and a non-called holding call on the TD return killed them. Officiating aside, it was the best game of the day though (although the Lions almost beating the Bills is a close second)……

  30. When the pressure built on Mac Jones, he looked like a normal 7th round rookie. His time management at the end was simply horrendous. Why was he taking sacks instead of throwing the ball away? He had time to throw it away multiple times and just held on to it.

    Mac Jones is like a deer in headlights when the game is on his shoulders.

    Not to mention Pats defense/special teams are going to get a few words from Belichek. They were just horrible in critical moments.

  31. Vikings fans are like Niner fans.

    Every win, even against a Pat’s team that has NO offense, is the proof they’ll win the SB.

    You do know you let that sorry offense march up and down the field, right?

  32. colainsa says:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:55 am
    Cry me a river, Pats fans. Just consider it the Tuck Rule in reverse and accept your loss.

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    What crying? What loss? This was a good outing fir a rebuilding team. Things some had considered unfixable were looking mostly fixed. They have more growth to do still, but Pats fans are quite happy with this.

  33. I’m disappointed that the Pats lost this game,but Justin Jefferson is just amazing. He can bring in pretty much every ball thrown in his vicinity. It doesn’t seem to matter how many guys are covering him. He’s almost unstoppable.

  34. touchback6 says:
    November 25, 2022 at 12:35 am
    Goodell made the phone call in this one.

    Phantom penalties all over the field

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    Stop embarrassing actual Patriots’ fans

  35. Reversed TD was a bad call
    Refs allowed holding on too many Viking plays
    a “game of inches” proved true….when viewing the attempt on the punter….had the player been a few inches lower to the ground, he wouldn’t have clipped the punter’s foot.
    A shame to see such great effort by the rusher result in such a negative result

  36. Bill Belichick is not the genius you’ve been led to believe.

    He won ONE playoff game IN HIS CAREER without Brady and that was 40 years ago.

  37. It is funny that Pats and their fans, who have been caught cheating multiple times over the years, and whose fans said “deal with it, we won”, now whine that they’re not being treated fairly.

    Declivous no?

  38. Crazy stat. The Patriots last night:
    25+ pts
    0 missed FG
    400+ total yds, outgaining their opponent
    completed 70.0% passes
    had less than 60 penalty yds
    0 Turnovers

    NFL teams who accomplish all of that in a game are 170-1 and guess who is now the 1. Wow.

  39. It is funny that Pats and their fans, who have been caught cheating multiple times over the years, and whose fans said “deal with it, we won”, now whine that they’re not being treated fairly.

    Delicous no?

  40. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    November 25, 2022 at 12:36 am
    Vikings fans need to remember this isn’t Tom Brady’s patriots.

    ________________________________________________________________
    Tom Brady’s Patriots do not exist anymore.

  41. Belichick has no legacy without Brady. He’s an overglorifed defensive coordinator that would have been fired by Kraft if not for Drew Bledsoe’s injury.

  42. bradygirl12 says:
    November 25, 2022 at 1:15 am
    If Kyle Duggar wasn’t held,the kickoff return for a TD would have never happened.The officials missed that one.

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    It’s the Patriots’ job to not be in a position where the officiating can cost them the game.

  43. 54thtimeisthcharm says:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:34 am
    bigdaddyrockytop says:
    November 25, 2022 at 12:36 am
    Vikings fans need to remember this isn’t Tom Brady’s patriots.

    ________________________________________________________________
    Tom Brady’s Patriots do not exist anymore.


    And thank goodness for that. That’s why I’m still a Patriots fan.

  44. The Autumn Wind says:
    November 25, 2022 at 9:34 am
    You VIKE THAT???SKOL SKOL SKOL SKOL

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    It was a viking good game. Jefferson is a viking stud. You are entitled to your SKOL as much as you viking want.

  45. A true Patriots fan wouldn’t disrespect the greatest quarterback of all time for those six super bowl wins and playoff runs. Because we all know they don’t even win one without Brady.

  46. Football says:
    November 25, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    The Autumn Wind says:
    November 25, 2022 at 9:34 am
    You VIKE THAT???SKOL SKOL SKOL SKOL

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    It was a viking good game. Jefferson is a viking stud. You are entitled to your SKOL as much as you viking want.


    I gotta admit their fight song is catchy….

  47. I’m gonna see NE’s performance as a “Silver Lining Moment”
    Night and day from last week’s game.
    Much improved.

    One thing about Pats history, they have a history of learning and improving as a season progresses.
    That is helped by experienced coaching.

    One commenter upthread highlighted a very real concern: bench depth….they cannot afford to lose any more players to injury if they hope to hang in and score a ride at the rodeo.

  48. This same Vikings team beat the supposedly SB favorites the Bills at home. But somehow the Patriots are garbage for losing to the same Vikings team.

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