Minnesota Vikings 33, New England Patriots 26: Vikings get Thanksgiving win

The Minnesota Vikings had never hosted a game on Thanksgiving before tonight’s matchup with the New England Patriots. They gave us a contest that we’ll probably remember for a while.

The Vikings overcame a slow start and caught three touchdown passes from Kirk Cousins ​​and a big kickoff for a Kene Nwangwu touchdown to defeat the Patriots, 33-26, at US Bank Stadium Thursday night.

Minnesota drew first blood, taking the kickoff and marching 80 yards for a touchdown, with the score coming on a 6-yard pass from Kirk Cousins ​​to Justin Jefferson to put the Vikings ahead 7- 0 in less than five minutes into the game.

The Vikings’ lead was short-lived, as just over two minutes into the game the Patriots were in the end zone, thanks to a 34-yard touchdown pass from Mac Jones to Nelson Agholor. That tied things up at 7-7 and we weren’t even halfway through the first quarter of the game.

After the two teams traded punts, Kirk Cousins ​​knocked over KJ Osborn and was intercepted by Jonathan Jones, who ran the ball all the way to the Minnesota 17-yard line. However, the Vikings defense limited the damage, limiting the Patriots to a 34-yard field goal by Nick Folk to make the score 10-7 with about 1.5 minutes left in the first quarter.

Minnesota tied things up midway through the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Greg Joseph to make it 10–10. On the ensuing drive, Folk connected on his second field goal of the night, a 46-yarder that put the visitors back to a 13-10 lead.

The Vikings then drove down the field and retook the lead, ending the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cousins ​​to TJ Hockenson, his first in the purple. That put the Vikings ahead by three not four as Greg Joseph missed another extra point to keep the score 16–13 with a minute and a half left in the first half.

The Patriots got a field goal just before halftime to tie things at 16-16, then took the second half kickoff and marched down the field, entering the end zone on a 37-yard pass from Jones to Hunter Henry to take the lead back 23-16 just four minutes into the third quarter.

New England’s lead was short-lived, as Kene Nwangwu caught the ensuing kickoff and blasted 97 yards for a touchdown, the third kickoff return for a score in his Vikings career. Greg Joseph connected on the extra point and, just like that, things were tied at 23-23.

The Patriots took the lead back midway through the third quarter, getting a 25-yard field goal from Folk to make it 26-23. They appeared to have gotten another touchdown pass from Jones to Henry, but after originally ruling the play a touchdown, the officials reviewed it and said it was incomplete, forcing the field goal attempt.

The Vikings appeared to be able to get the lead back, but after going into the New England 10 a sack by Cousins ​​repelled the Vikings’ offense and forced them to settle for a 36-yard field goal by Joseph for tie things up at 26-26 in the minute of the fourth quarter.

After the Vikings’ defense has stopped. . .yes, they can. . .the Vikings fell and took the lead back on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins ​​to Adam Thielen. The drive was extended after the Patriots were called to run into Ryan Wright on a punt, and the touchdown itself was set up by another big play from Cousins ​​to Jefferson. Greg Joseph’s extra point made it 33-26 with just under ten minutes left.

This proved to be the margin of victory, as the Vikings thwarted the Patriots’ last minute drive to secure the victory on Thursday Night Football!

That pushes Minnesota’s record to 9-2, and they’ll get a little bye before hosting the New York Jets at US Bank Stadium a week starting Sunday. New England drops to 6-5 and will have a normal week as they face the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football next week.

The Minnesota Vikings got back on their winning streak, defeating the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football by a final score of 33-26. Thanks to everyone who got coverage of tonight’s game right here at The Daily Norseman!

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