Thanksgiving can involve a lot of domestic arguments, but some particularly loud arguments may come after a potential person New England Patriots Relegation looms in a 33-26 loss to Minnesota Vikings.
Tied at 23-23, the Patriots appeared to score the go-ahead on a pass from Mac Jones for a narrow end Hunter Henry In the red at the 6:44 mark of the third quarter. It was a great-looking shot, as Henry grabbed the ball in acrobatic style behind his body and caught it as it hit the ground.
Unfortunately for Henry and the Patriots, the officials decided to take a hard look at that moment when the ball hit the ground.
What followed were the kinds of instant replays where two people could see something completely different. Some have argued that Henry managed to keep his hand under the ball, while others believed that the ball touched the turf, which would have turned the touchdown into an incomplete pass as Henry bobbled the ball after contact with the ground.
The play was called a touchdown on the field, but the umpires had seen enough to be relieved to reverse the score. The incomplete pass left the Patriots with a fourth and goal, which led to A.J Nick Folk field goal.
The turn of events was a boon for a Vikings defense that was struggling one week after being blown out by the Dallas Cowboys. Up until that play, Jones was 20-for-25 for 278 yards and twice in the air.
A swing in momentum ensued, with the Patriots posting three consecutive plays on their next two drives as the Vikings’ pass rush finally got its way to Jones.
That four-point swing ended up being somewhat significant, as the Patriots found themselves driving into Vikings territory down 33-26 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. They could have attempted a game-tying field goal had the score been 33-30, but instead they had to go for a touchdown.
This drive ended with an ugly spin on the downswing. They would get the ball back with a minute left as timeout expired, but a sack from Jones and a few inside tackles drained the clock before they reached midfield.
The Vikings bounce back with a massive performance from Justin Jefferson
Of course, the Patriots’ loss was much more than just one questionable call.
The biggest factor was Minnesota star Justin Jefferson, who doubled the team’s output Last week’s horrific loss Dallas Cowboys with a touchdown on first drive. The All-Pro wide receiver finished the game with nine catches, 139 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 targets.
Some of these catches were the game’s biggest plays, like this one in the Vikings’ light-up engine after Henry’s play:
He threw a pass for 11 yards as well.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins He finished 30-of-37 for 299 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, his first performance of the season with three touchdowns. That was exactly what the Vikings needed after last week’s ugliness, but their defense ceding a season-high 382 yards to Jones could be something of a concern.