Sports News: Live scores, updates, analysis on Thanksgiving 2022


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

Sports News: Live scores, updates, analysis on Thanksgiving 2022

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

Mac Jones angrily tossed 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 targets for 139 yards and a touchdown. Adam Thielen and T.J. Hockenson also hauled in a touchdown apiece.

The Patriots didn’t commit 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 a pair of touchdowns. It was easily his best game since recovering from his high ankle sprain.

Ultimately a 97-yard kick return for touchdown from Kene Nwangwu decided the gave in favor of Minnesota. Here’s how it happened.

Fourth quarter

2:08: Mac Jones is sacked for the first time this game. Patriots turn it over on downs.

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

4:07: Patriots take over on their own 13 after a Minnesota punt. Damien Harris will not return with an injury.

8:14: A Patriots three-and-out gives the Vikings the ball back with a lead about halfway through the fourth quarter.

9:34: Justin Jefferson draws a double-team on a play action, freeing up Adam Thielen for a touchdown catch. Vikings 33, Patriots 26.

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

14:55: Josh Uche crushes Kirk Cousins for a sack. Vikings opt to kick on 4th-and-17. Field-goal is good. Patriots 26, Vikings 26.

Third quarter

0:00: With the ball on the Patriots 8-yard line, the Vikings run out the clock and enter the fourth quarter tailing by 3.

3:14: Long gain 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 overturned, and the Patriots kick a field- goal. Patriots 26, Vikings 23.

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

10:41: Kene Nwangwu races 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 right before halftime. Patriots 16, Vikings 16.

1:30: Cousins completes a a play-action rollout to T.J. Hockenson for a touchdown. It’s the first touchdown as a Viking for Hockenson, who was recently acquired from Detroit. Vikings 17, Patriots 13.

5:00: Cousins gets a combined 51 yards on two throws to Jefferson. A completion to TJ Hockenson brings the Vikings to New England’s 4 yard line.

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

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

14:13: Play-action pass to Jefferson results in a single-coverage battle that Jefferson wins. First down.

First quarter

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

3:28: A perfectly placed Jonathan Jones intercepts a Cousins pass intended for Justin Jefferson. The throw was too high and Jones was there waiting for it.

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

6:51: Jonathan Jones nearly jumped a pass intended for Justin Jefferson for an interception, but the pass bounced off his hands. Nonetheless, Minnesota goes three-and-out on it’s 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 to find Jakobi Meyers for a 26-yard gain.

10:40: Cousins finds Jefferson on a short drag route for the first touchdown of the game, 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, avoids a four-man rush, and hits 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 with a 13-yard completion to tight-end Johny Mundt.

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

Breaking down the inactives, 8 p.m.

  • The Patriots are without a pair of offensive line starters. Center David Andrews was ruled out with a thigh injury he suffered in the Jets game. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn has a foot injury.
    • New England’s defense, other than defensive tackle Christian Barmore who was recently placed on injured reserve, will have all it’s starters available.
      • Harris, Roberts, Bledsoe, Wade all warmed up but will be healthy scratches.
        • The Vikings are missing starting offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw, who has been enjoying a breakout season.

Inactives, 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.

Pregame notes, 6:20 p.m.

Welcome to Week 12, where the Patriots are set to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a primetime Thanksgiving matchup on NBC.

The Patriots have won three in a row, including last week’s thriller against the Jets. The Vikings had a seven game win streak snapped with a 40-3 loss to the Cowboys last week.

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

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

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

Belichick, who has wins in 50 different NFL venues, hasn’t won yet in Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium which opened in 2016.

It is one of two current NFL stadiums, along with Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, where Belichick does not have a win according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

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

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