Things began off with a bang for the New England Patriots (6-5) offense Thursday evening. Mac Jones and Co. have been sizzling out of the gate, scoring 26 factors in the primary three quarters, however that was all. The offense sputtered in the final quarter-and-a-half, because the New England protection couldn’t decelerate Justin Jefferson and the Vikings offense.
In the tip, New England’s final likelihood fell quick as they misplaced 33-26.
Here’s every part that it’s worthwhile to know from the Thanksgiving contest.
Minnesota received the ball first to begin Thursday evening’s contest and received proper to work. Cousins discovered Johnny Mundt for 13 yards then instantly went to Justin Jefferson on a fast display screen for a further seven – a Jon Jones facemark penalty added 15 extra yards. After Cousins discovered Thielen for 16 yards, Minnesota dialed up the trickery as Jefferson discovered Thielen for an additional first down. Three performs later, Cousins discovered his famous person receiver streaking throughout the sphere for an early rating. [Patriots 0 : 7 Vikings]
Trailing early, Mac Jones and the Patriots’ offense shortly answered Minnesota’s rating. Starting beneath heart, Jones was not phased by a muffed snap and hit Jakobi Meyers down discipline off play-action for 26 yards. After a RPO run by Damien Harris for seven yards and a further carry for 4 extra, Mac discovered Henry for a four-yard acquire earlier than ripping one downfield between the safeties to Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard landing. [Patriots 7 : 7 Vikings]
After a quick begin from each offenses, the Patriots protection settled in on their second drive. Facing a third-and-one after a six-yard catch by Jefferson and three-yard carry by Dalvin Cook, Cousins third-down cross supposed for Jefferson was damaged up (and practically intercepted) by Jonathan Jones.
New England turned to Rhamondre Stevenson on their subsequent drive, because the again totaled a five-yard carry and two-yard catch to begin the drive. On third-down, Jones’ fast cross out to Stevenson was barely excessive however dropped incomplete, resulting in a punt.
After permitting a gap first-down, the Patriots’ protection discovered their profitable script. Blowing up Cook’s second-down run to place Minnesota in a third-and-long, New England was capable of get after Cousins and drive an errant cross – which was intercepted by Jonathan Jones.
Starting at Minnesota 17-yard line after the interception, New England’s red-area points continued. An designed run to Kendrick Bourne on second-down was stopped for a seven-yard loss. Jones’ third-down cross Agholor was wanting the sticks, resulting in a 34-yard discipline aim from Nick Folk. [Patriots 10 : 7 Vikings]
Back with the ball and going through a third-and-seven, Kirk Cousins delivered a robust anticipatory ball to T.J. Hockenson alongside the fitting sideline for a 14-yard conversion. Two performs later, Cousins ripped a play-action cross throughout the center of the sphere to Jefferson for a 21-yard acquire. Minnesota then moved contained in the red-area after operating backs Alexander Mattison and Dalvin Cook picked up a pair of first downs. Facing a third-and-15 after Matthew Judon drew a holding penalty, Cousins’ cross to Adam Thielen got here up quick. Greg Joseph’s 30-yard discipline aim was good to cap off a 14-play, 72-yard drive. [Patriots 10 : 10 Vikings]
New England began proper outdoors midfield after a 46-yard kick return from Marcus Jones, who picked up proper the place he left off. Stevenson then received the drive began with a 14-yard run, however was simply wanting choosing up a further third-down via the air a number of performs later. Nick Folk then related on a 46-yard discipline aim. [Patriots 13 : 10 Vikings]
The Vikings began their subsequent drive on the bottom, however Jahlani Tavai plowed via the road to cease Cook for a two-yard loss. Facing a then third-and-12, an offsides by Judon set Minnesota up for a third-and-seven. Cousins then aired one out downfield to who else however Jefferson, who hauled it in for 37 yards. Two performs later, Cousins once more discovered Jefferson for 17 extra yards. Out of the 2 minute warning, Cousins discovered T.J. Hockenson alongside the aim line for a landing. Greg Joseph, nevertheless, pushed the additional level vast proper. [Patriots 13 : 16 Vikings]
With 1:30 remaining in the half, Mac Jones set to work. He first discovered Stevenson in the left flat for 5 yards earlier than Hunter Henry broke unfastened for a 22-yard acquire. Henry didn’t get out of bounds, nevertheless, and New England needed to burn one in every of their flip remaining time outs. Jones then related on back-to-back passes to DeVante Parker for 30 mixed yards, however then gave himself up on the line of scrimmage and New England was pressured to burn their final day out. Jones then discovered Agholor for 13 yards to set New England up on the five-yard line, however that they had simply 9 seconds remaining after being pressured to burn their two timeouts earlier. With their one play, Jones’ aim line fade to Kendrick Bourne fell incomplete. Nick Folk then hit a 23-yard discipline aim. [Patriots 16 : 16 Vikings]
With two seconds left in the half, Kirk Cousins kneeled.
After an upbeat first half, the Patriots confronted a gap drive third-and-one. Off play-action, Jones discovered DeVante Parker on a shallow cross for a 10-yard conversion. New England then confronted one other third-and-shot, which Jones once more transformed by discovering Jakobi Meyers throughout the center of the sphere for 13 yards. Two performs later, New England dialed up play-action energy – after operating energy twice earlier this drive – and Jones discovered Henry for a 37-yard catch and run landing. [Patriots 23 : 16 Vikings]
Minnesota instantly answered Henry’s landing, as Knee Nwangwu returned the kickoff 97 yards for a landing. [Patriots 23 : 23 Vikings]
Back on the sphere straight away, Mac Jones continued to deal for New England. Jones discovered Stevenson and Agholor to begin the drive for 17 mixed yards, then uncorked a dime downfield to DeVante Parker for a 40-yard acquire three performs later. On third-and-goal on the Minnesota six-yard line, Jones discovered Henry on an out route for an additional rating, nevertheless it was dominated incomplete after a prolonged evaluation. Nick Folk hit a 25-yard discipline aim to provide New England one other lead. [Patriots 26 : 23 Vikings]
Injury Report: RB Damien Harris (thigh) is questionable to return.
With their first offensive possession of the second half, Cousins discovered Cook via the air to transform a brief third-down. On the subsequent play, Cousins related with Thielen for 3 extra yards, however Jonathan Jones’ second face masks penalty of the day tacked on a further 15 yards. Right outdoors mid-field on a following third-and-seven, Myles Bryant fell down in man protection leaving Jalen Reagor vast open for a 25-yard acquire. Several performs later, Cousins’ cross fell incomplete to Theilen, however Bryant was flagged for pointless roughness as he hit a falling Thielen in the again. With a contemporary set of downs on the 11-yard line, Cook picked up two yards earlier than Josh Uche shortly beat backup left deal with Blake Brandel and introduced down Cousins for a sack. On third-and-17, the cross fell incomplete resulting in a 36-yard discipline aim. [Patriots 26 : 26 Vikings]
New England’s first drive of the fourth quarter didn’t convey the identical success the previous few have. A one-yard cross to Stevenson began the drive adopted by an incompletion to Nelson Agholor. On third-and-nine, Jones was pressured to the fitting and lobbed one as much as Jakobi Meyers which simply fell incomplete. Michael Palardy punted again to Minnesota.
Quickly again on the sphere after a 14-play drive, Minnesota turned to Dalvin Cook who picked up 4 yards on the bottom, however then misplaced three yards on a display screen that was blown up by Ja’Whaun Bentley and Raekwon McMillan. On third-and-nine, a false begin penalty pushed Minnesota again right into a third-and-14 the place Cousins’ cross to Hockenson went wanting the sticks. On the punt, Pierre Strong was flagged for a operating into the punter to provide the Vikings a first-down. Two performs later, Cousins related with Jefferson downfield between Jonathan Jones and Devin McCourty for a 36-yard completion. After utilizing a timeout, Cousins hit Adam Thielen the very subsequent play off play-action for a 15-yard landing. [Patriots 26 : 33 Vikings]
Now trailing, New England’s offensive struggles remained. Facing a third-and-one, Jones seemed downfield to Hunter Henry who ended up on the bottom. Henry seemed for a maintain whereas Jones seemed for a palms to the face in the backfield, however neither have been referred to as. Palardy’s punt again to Minnesota went for simply 31 yards.
With over eight minutes remaining, the Patriots protection did their job. After surrendering one first-down, Cousins’ display screen on second-down was beat by Jalen Mills for a four-yard loss. On third-down, Cousins’ cross fell incomplete resulting in a punt.
Injury Update: RB Damien Harris (thigh) was downgraded to out.
Trailing by seven with 4:21 remaining, Mac Jones discovered Kendrick Bourne for a 14-yard acquire. Following an incompletion, Stevenson broke off a display screen cross for 40 yards. Things that went south, as Jones was sacked on third-down to arrange a fourth-and-16. On fourth-down, Jones cross downfield to Nelson Agholor fell incomplete.
After the turnover on downs, Minnesota handed off to Dalvin Cook three straight occasions. New England held him to only one whole yard.
With 53 seconds remaining and no timeouts, Mac Jones and the Patriots offense took the sphere needing a landing. Jones then took a first-down sack, earlier than connecting with Bourne and Meyers. However, with no timeouts, it didn’t matter. [Patriots 26 : 33 Vikings]