Patriots-Vikings turns into a shootout, New England leads 26-23

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The second half of Patriots-Vikings on Thanksgiving night has turned into a gunfight.

Patriots opened the second half with a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mac Jones to Hunter Henry.

But then something unexpected happened: the Vikings answered the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to tie the score at 23-23.

It wasn’t long before New England took the field and scored on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that took 4:06 off the clock. New England used a lot of play action to move efficiently down the field and finished with Henry’s touchdown.

But returner Kene Nwangwu found a job on the kickoff and blasted downfield for a 97-yard touchdown. Through Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, it was the first kickoff for a touchdown against New England since Buffalo’s CJ Spiller took one in 2010.

The officials may have missed a hold on Kyle Dugger on kickoff. But the touchdown still counted.

On the ensuing drive, Henry was initially believed to have scored another touchdown on a six-yard pass. The first ruling was that Henry had crossed the ball over the goal line before being tackled. But after review, the officials ruled that Henry had lost control of the ball and it touched the ground when he was tackled for an incomplete pass.

New England settled for a 25-yard field goal to make it 26–23.

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