MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the final a go-ahead rating to Adam Thielen within the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings previous the New England Patriots 33-26 on Thursday night time.
Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of many landing passes from Cousins, who delivered exactly the clutch efficiency towards a formidable protection the Vikings (9-2) wanted to bounce again from a blowout loss to Dallas. That gave rookie coach Kevin O’Connell a win over Invoice Belichick, who drafted him with the Patriots in 2008.
Mac Jones handed for a career-high 382 yards and two scores to snap a lagging offense to life for the Patriots (6-5), however they ran out of steam down the stretch. Their fourth quarter included two three-and-out punts, a turnover on downs on the Minnesota 39 and a desperation final drive that went nowhere.
Kirk Cousins tossed three landing passes. USA TODAY Sports activities
Adam Thielen scores the game-winning landing. AP
Jones discovered Hunter Henry for a wide-open 37-yard landing move to start out the second half for a 23-16 lead. Kene Nwangwu scored on a 97-yard kickoff return to strike proper again for the Vikings.
Jones — who went 23 for 27 final week for a career-high completion fee — appeared to hit his tight finish for a second rating with a twisting catch on the aim line that was dominated a landing on the sphere. The replay reversal — Henry’s backside hand gave the impression to be below the ball because it bobbled briefly — compelled the Patriots to accept Nick People’s fourth area aim of the sport late within the third quarter.
One other very important name went the Vikings approach a couple of minutes later when Pierre Robust Jr. was referred to as for operating into punter Ryan Wright. With a recent set of downs, Cousins and the Vikings cruised up the sphere for the go-ahead landing.
Justin Jefferson celebrates after scoring within the Vikings’ win over the Patriots. USA TODAY Sports activities
Mac Jones throws in the course of the Patriots’ loss to the Vikings. USA TODAY Sports activities
The Patriots allowed simply three factors in every of their final two video games and introduced the NFL sack chief Matt Judon to the stadium the place the Vikings have been decimated by Dallas simply 4 days earlier whereas Cousins took a career-high seven sacks.
With standout left sort out Christian Darrisaw sidelined by a concussion, the Vikings gave backup Blake Brandel loads of further assist and put Cousins in much more favorable conditions with shorter drops and faster throws. The Vikings had 231 yards within the first half, greater than the Patriots allowed within the earlier two video games mixed.
Jefferson had his footprints throughout this sport from the beginning, when his 3-yard reception on a crossing route in the long run zone capped the opening drive. He made catch after inconceivable catch in tight protection, together with a 36-yard seize on a go route proper earlier than he was sandwiched by Jones and Devin McCourty to arrange Thielen’s landing.
Jefferson set the NFL file for many receiving yards in a participant’s first three seasons to move Randy Moss. Jefferson has hit the 100-yard mark in 21 of 44 profession video games.