Cousins, Vikings overtake Patriots for 33-26 victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead score to Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings past the New England Patriots 33-26. Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of the touchdown passes from Cousins in a clutch performance the Vikings needed against a formidable defense to bounce back from a blowout loss against Dallas. The Vikings are 9-2. The Patriots are 6-5. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell got a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him with the Patriots in 2008.
Lamb sets table on Thanksgiving as Cowboys beat Giants 28-20
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to tight end Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a score and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 28-20. The victory ended a three-game losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys. Dallas moved a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while sweeping the season series. Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a 2-yard TD before directing all three of his fellow tight ends into a giant Salvation Army red kettle for a Whac-A-Mole celebration. The Giants have lost three of their past four games.
Cowboys TEs play live Whac-A-Mole to celebrate vs. Giants
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys tight ends played their own live version of Whac-A-Mole. The unique celebration followed a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-20 win over the New York Giants. After rookie Peyton Hendershot scored on a 2-yard sweep, he immediately motioned to the other three tight ends on the field for the play toward one of the oversized Salvation Army red kettles in the back of the end zone. Those three all hopped in and started popping up and down before Hendershot used the football to whack Ferguson on top of the head. Ferguson was the one who came up with the idea.
Bills beat Lions 28-25 for 2nd win in 5 days at Ford Field
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bass made a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left, lifting the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second victory in five days at Ford Field. Josh Allen set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Buffalo has won two straight to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East. Buffalo was back in Detroit after the NFL shifted its previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field because of a winter storm.
Neymar injures right ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar sat crying on the bench and later left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle after Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia at the World Cup. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says Neymar sprained his ankle. Lasmar says “there is no test scheduled for now but we will schedule it if needed. He will be under observation. We will know more tomorrow.” Brazil coach Tite says he is “confident that Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup” but Lasmar says it is too early to comment on the extent of the injury.
Ronaldo makes World Cup history, Portugal beats Ghana 3-2
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has made World Cup history by becoming the first male player to score at five World Cups with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana. Andre Ayew scored Ghana’s equalizer eight minutes later but Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal in the 78th and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari reduced Ghana’s deficit in the 89th. The 37-year-old Ronaldo has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006. He was looking to showcase his talents to potential new clubs after having his contract terminated at Manchester United this week.
Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar injured his right ankle but Richarlison scored two goals to help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 at the World Cup. The second came from a spectacular acrobatic kick just before an injured Neymar limped off the field. Richarlison used one touch to get the ball up in the air and then spun around and got off the ground before knocking the ball into the net with his right foot. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says Neymar sprained his right ankle but he declined to speculate on whether he would be available to play in the team’s next match against Switzerland on Monday.
Rogers leads Mississippi State past No. 20 Ole Miss 24-22
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Will Rogers passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:25 remaining to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Mississippi. Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) rallied from a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter with a 10-point outburst in the fourth quarter. Massimo Biscardi hit a go-ahead 34-yard field goal before Rogers connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to build the 24-16 lead with 7:58 remaining. Ole Miss answered when Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, capping a 99-yard drive and closing within 24-22. But, the 2-point try failed.
White steps in, focused on giving Jets a ‘fighting chance’
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mike White has already made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So stepping in for a struggling Zach Wilson and trying to spark a stagnant offense would seem to be no biggie for the New York Jets’ new starting quarterback. White will face Chicago on Sunday a little more than a year since he briefly became a headline-making folk hero. With fans chanting his name in a victory over Cincinnati in October 2021, White set an NFL record for the most completed passes in a player’s first start with 37. He says he’s focused on beating the Bears and giving the Jets a fighting chance.
Vols’ response to NCAA: Pruitt, staff ‘deceived’ monitors
Tennessee says former football coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others who were fired “repeatedly deceived” administrators and compliance staff. The school responded to the NCAA’s Level I charge of failing to monitor the football program with a 108-page filing. Knox News first obtained the 108-page response Thursday. Tennessee argues it’s “unrealistic” to expect a university to prevent or immediately detect intentional and concealed misconduct. Tennessee says compliance staff followed industry standards monitoring the program.