Kirk Cousins shuts down damaging ‘prime time’ stigma in Vikings’ large win over Patriots

Who knew {that a} matchup between prime time Kirk Cousins and Invoice Belichick can be such an offensive outburst?

However in a Thanksgiving night traditional, Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings rallied late for a 33-26 victory over the New England Patriots.

Mac Jones had nearly four-and-a-half minutes to get into the top zone to maintain the sport alive, with the Pats trailing by seven. An extended catch-and-run by Rhamondre Stevenson put the Pats on the opposite facet of the sector shortly, however an enormous third-down sack pressured a 4th and 16. Jones was in search of Agholor deep, nevertheless it was simply out of his attain, and the Vikings took over on downs.

The Pats have been capable of pressure a three-and-out and get the ball – however they needed to go 89 yards in 53 seconds. Jones, although, was sacked on first down for a lack of eight. Secure to say, it was an excessive amount of for New England, and the clock ran out on them, regardless of two extra completions.

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Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a cross towards the New England Patriots throughout the second half at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The Vikings simply wanted 5 performs to get ultimately zone to begin the sport – and who else however Justin Jefferson – however the Pats answered proper again with a 34-yard landing to Nelson Agholor. It was 7-7 lower than seven minutes into the sport.

The scoring settled down for a bit, as each groups settled for some subject objectives, however inside two minutes within the second quarter, T.J. Hockenson caught a landing to place Minnesota up 16-13 (Greg Joseph missed the following PAT). However Jones was capable of put the Pats on the opposite facet of the sector shortly so Nick Folks can tie the sport at 16 earlier than the half.

The Pats obtained the ball on the half, and Jones continued his electrical energy – a fast drive ended with a 37-yard landing to Hunter Henry, and New England had a 23-16. Nevertheless, the Vikings instantly answered with a 97-yard kickoff return for a landing by Kene Nwqngwu to tie the sport.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates his 6-yard touchdown reception by calling for his teammates during the first quarter of a game between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots on November 24, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Minnesota Vikings large receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates his 6-yard landing reception by calling for his teammates throughout the first quarter of a recreation between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots on November 24, 2022, at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
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And what did Jones do to reply? Marched proper again down the sector. Henry nearly caught his second landing of the evening, however replay discovered he didn’t end the catch, so the Pats settled for 3. The Vikings then obtained contained in the Pats’ 10-yard line after an extended drive, however needed to accept three early within the fourth, tying the sport at 26.

After a Patriots punt, the Vikings have been set to punt the ball away, however a operating into the kicker penalty stored their drive alive. Naturally, Cousins discovered Jefferson for a 36-yard acquire. On the subsequent play, he hit Outdated Dependable Adam Thielen behind the top zone to make it 33-26 Minnesota with 9:34 to go, a rating which turned out to be the game-winner.

Cousins, whose prime time struggles are well-noted, was superior on this one – he threw for 299 yards on 30-of-37 passing, throwing for 3 touchdowns. Jefferson’s 139 receiving yards have been a game-high (he additionally had 9 receptions), and Thielen added 9 catches for 61 yards. 

Jefferson additionally set the NFL file for many receiving yards in a participant’s first three seasons, surpassing Randy Moss’ 4,163. Jefferson now has 4,248 in his profession that is spanned simply 44 video games. Moss put up that quantity in 48 video games.

Jones was actually no slouch in a dropping effort, although – he threw for 382 yards by means of the air, finishing 28 of his 39 passes with out turning the ball over. Stevenson caught a team-high 9 passes for 78 yards, whereas DeVante Parker’s 80 receiving yards led Pats receivers.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) after catching a 15-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in Minneapolis. 

Minnesota Vikings large receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates with teammate large receiver Justin Jefferson (18) after catching a 15-yard landing cross throughout the second half of an NFL soccer recreation towards the New England Patriots, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in Minneapolis. 
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The 9-2 Vikings will go to the New York Jets (6-4) in Week 13, whereas the Pats, now 6-5, will host the 8-3 Buffalo Payments per week from Thursday.