Kirk Cousins shuts down negative 'prime time' stigma in Vikings' big win over Patriots
Who knew that a matchup between prime time Kirk Cousins and Bill Belichick would be such an offensive outburst?
But in a Thanksgiving evening classic, Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings rallied late for a 33-26 victory over the New England Patriots.
Mac Jones had just about four-and-a-half minutes to get into the end zone to keep the game alive, with the Pats trailing by seven.
Jones was looking for Agholor deep, but it was just out of his reach, and the Vikings took over on downs.
The Pats were able to force a three-and-out and get the ball - but they had to go 89 yards in 53 seconds.
However, the Vikings immediately answered with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Kene Nwqngwu to tie the game.
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Henry almost caught his second touchdown of the night, but replay found he didn’t finish the catch, so the Pats settled for three.
After a Patriots punt, the Vikings were set to punt the ball away, but a running into the kicker penalty kept their drive alive.
Cousins, whose prime time struggles are well-noted, was awesome in this one - he threw for 299 yards on 30-of-37 passing, throwing for three touchdowns.
Jefferson's 139 receiving yards were a game-high (he also had nine receptions), and Thielen added nine catches for 61 yards.
Stevenson caught a team-high nine passes for 78 yards, while DeVante Parker's 80 receiving yards led Pats receivers.