Live scores, updates, analysis on Thanksgiving 2022


Mac Jones was good. Kirk Cousins ​​and the Vikings were better.

Mac Jones warms up before a game against the Vikings. Bruce Kluckhohn/AP photo

Mac Jones angrily threw away his helmet as the buzzer sounded. He had his best game of the season, but Kirk Cousins ​​was even better.

As a result, the Patriots lost to the Vikings 33-27 on Thanksgiving.

After a first-half interception, Cousins ​​threw three touchdown passes. Justin Jefferson caught 9 of 11 goals for 139 yards and a touchdown. Adam Thielen and TJ Hockenson each scored a touchdown.

The Patriots didn’t make any turnovers, but they also went 3-10 on first down and 0-3 in the red zone.

Jones played well, completing 28 of his 39 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns. It was by far his best game since recovering from a severe ankle sprain.

Ultimately, a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown by Kene Nwangwu decided Minnesota. That’s how it happened.

fourth quarter

2:08: Mac Jones is fired for the first time in this game. Patriots flip it to downs.

3:38: Rhamondre Stevenson gets some space on a screen pass and takes the ball 40 yards.

4:07: Patriots take over their own 13 after a Minnesota punt. Damien Harris won’t be returning with an injury.

8:14: A three-and-out by the Patriots gives the ball back to the Vikings and leads about halfway through the fourth quarter.

9:34: Justin Jefferson pulls a double team on game action and frees Adam Thielen for a touchdown catch. Vikings 33, Patriots 26.

10:13: Justin Jefferson intercepts a deep pass from Cousins, putting Minnesota in New England territory.

14:55: Josh Uche crushes Kirk Cousins ​​for a sack. The Vikings choose to kick on the 4th and 17th. Field gate is good. Patriots 26, Vikings 26.

Third quarter

0:00: With the ball on the Patriots 8, the Vikings time out the clock and enter the fourth quarter 3 down.

3:14: Long win for Minnesota as Kirk Cousins ​​hits a wide-open Jalen Reagor.

6:44: Hunter Henry nearly snagged a second touchdown with a strong catch as he fell backwards. But the call was canceled and the Patriots kicked a field goal. Patriots 26, Vikings 23.

8:13: A deep throw from Mac Jones finds DeVante Parker for a deep win that gives the Patriots the 1st and the 6th goal.

10:41: Kene Nwangwu runs 97 yards for a touchdown on a kick return. Patriots 23, Vikings 23.

10:54: Hunter Henry hauls in a Mac Jones pass for a 37-yard touchdown. Patriots 23, Vikings 16.

second quarter

0:08: Nick Folk ties the game just before halftime. Patriots 16, Vikings 16.

1:30: Cousins ​​completes a play-action rollout to TJ Hockenson for a touchdown. For Hockenson, who was recently acquired by Detroit, it’s the first touchdown as a Viking. Vikings 17, Patriots 13.

5:00: Cousins ​​totaled 51 yards on two throws against Jefferson. A finish for TJ Hockenson puts the Vikings at the New England 4-yard line.

5:57: Nick Folk nails a 46-yard field goal to put the Patriots ahead. Patriots 13, Vikings 10.

9:06: Minnesota responds to the Patriots’ field goal with one of their own. Patriots 10, Vikings 10.

14:13: The play-action pass to Jefferson results in a single coverage fight, which Jefferson wins. Down first.

first quarter

1:28: After a failed sweep to Kendrick Bourne, a short run by Damien Harris and a finish by Jones to Agholor, all were stopped short of the first down marker, Nick Folk making a field goal. Patriots 10, Vikings 7.

3:28: A perfectly placed Jonathan Jones intercepts a Cousins ​​pass destined for Justin Jefferson. The throw was too high and Jones waited for it.

5:37: Rhamondre Stevenson drops a third-down screen pass, and the Patriots jab the ball to Minnesota. Jakobi Meyers is out of the game with a shoulder injury and a return is doubtful.

6:51: Jonathan Jones almost jumped a pass meant for Justin Jefferson to intercept, but the pass bounced off his hands. Nonetheless, Minnesota goes three-and-out on its second drive.

8:21: Strong start for Mac Jones, who connects with Nelson Agholor on a seam route for a touchdown. It’s the first time he’s scored a touchdown on an opening drive in a while. Patriots 7, Vikings 7.

10:31: After dropping his first snap, Mac Jones recovers and finds Jakobi Meyers for a 26-yard gain.

10:40: Cousins ​​finds Jefferson on a short drag route for the game’s first touchdown, marking the end of an efficient 8-play 80-yard opening drive. Vikings 7, Patriots 0.

13:05: Cousins ​​buys some time with his feet, avoiding a foursome rush and beating Adam Thielen for a first down. Then Justin Jefferson executes a WR pass to Thielen for another first down.

14:13: Kirk Cousins ​​moves the chains to tight end Johny Mundt with a 13-yard completion.

15:00: The Patriots take on the Vikings, and Marcus Jones, who sealed the win over the Jets with an 84-yard punt return last week, makes the first tackle of the game.

Breaking down the inactive, 8 p.m

  • The Patriots are without a pair of offensive line starters. Center David Andrews was ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the Jets game. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn has a foot injury.
    • The New England defense will have all starters available with the exception of Christian Barmore, who was recently placed on injured reserve.
      • Harris, Roberts, Bledsoe, Wade have all warmed up but will be healthy scratches.
        • The Vikings are missing offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw, who is coming off a breakout season.

Inactive, 7 p.m

Patriots: OL Isaiah Wynn, RB Kevin Harris, DT Sam Roberts, DB Joshuah Bledsoe, DB Shaun Wade, OL David Andrews.

Vikings: DB Akalyeb Evans, DB Andrew Booth, LB Luiji Vilain, OL Vederian Lowe, OL Christian Darrisaw, DL Esezi Otomewo, DL Dalvin Tomlinson.

Pre-game notes, 6:20 p.m

Welcome to Week 12 as the Patriots take on the Minnesota Vikings in a primetime Thanksgiving match on NBC.

The Patriots have won three straight games, including last week’s thriller against the Jets. The Vikings were on a seven-game winning streak last week with a 40-3 loss to the Cowboys.

New England activated offensive lineman Bill Murray from the practice team Thursday night, raising questions about David Andrews’ availability.

The veteran center suffered a hamstring injury against the Jets but returned to practice this week.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, who was drafted as quarterback by New England in 2008, meets Bill Belichick as head coach for the first time.

Belichick, who has won in 50 different NFL venues, has yet to win at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota, which opened in 2016.

It’s one of two current NFL stadiums, along with Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where Belichick hasn’t claimed a win, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The Patriots have only beaten one opponent, the Jets, who have a .500-plus record. New England has a chance for a statement win on the big stage.

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