Did Hunter Henry catch it?  Iffy call costs Patriots a TD on Thanksgiving

Did Hunter Henry catch it? Iffy call costs Patriots a TD on Thanksgiving

Did Hunter Henry catch it?  Iffy call costs Patriots a TD on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can feature plenty of household arguments, but some particularly loud ones may have come after an upcoming New England Patriots touchdown that appeared in a 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Tied at 23-23, the Patriots appeared to score a clear touchdown on a pass from Mac Jones to tight end Hunter Henry in the red zone at the 6:44 mark of the third quarter. It was an impressive catch, with Henry acrobatically catching the ball behind his body and holding it as it hit the ground.

Unfortunately for Henry and the Patriots, the refs decided to take a closer look at the moment the ball hit the ground.

What followed was the kind of instant replay where two people can see something completely different. Some argued that Henry managed to keep his hand under the ball, others believed that the ball touched grass, which would have turned the touchdown into an incomplete pass as Henry bobbled the ball after contacting the ground.

The play was called a touchdown on the field, but the refs saw enough to be comfortable overturning the result. The incomplete pass left the Patriots with fourth-and-goal, which led to a Nick Folk field goal.

The turn of events was a boon for a Vikings defense that was struggling a week after getting blown out by the Dallas Cowboys. Up until that game, Jones was 20 for 25 for 278 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air.

A momentum swing ensued, with the Patriots posting back-to-back three-and-outs on their next two drives as the Vikings’ pass rush finally started to get to Jones.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 26: Tight end Hunter Henry #85 of the New England Patriots watches before the first half of a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on August 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Hunter Henry’s upcoming touchdown was a turning point on Thanksgiving between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

That four-point swing ended up being quite important, as the Patriots found themselves driving into Vikings territory down 33-26 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. They could have attempted an equalizing field goal had the score been 33-30, but instead had to go for a touchdown.

That drive ended with an ugly turnover on downs. They would get the ball back with a minute left and timeouts, but a sack of Jones and a few tackles on the field ran out the clock before they reached midfield.

Vikings fight back with big performance from Justin Jefferson

Naturally, the Patriots’ loss was much more than just a questionable call.

The biggest factor was Minnesota star receiver Justin Jefferson, who more than doubled his team’s scoring output from last week’s horrific loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a touchdown on the first drive. The All-Pro wide receiver finished the game with nine catches, 139 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Some of those catches were the biggest plays of the game, like this one on the Vikings’ tying touchdown after the Henry play:

He also threw an 11-yard pass.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​finished 30-of-37 for 299 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception, his first three-touchdown performance of the season. It was just what the Vikings needed after last week’s ugliness, but their defense giving up a season-high 382 passing yards to Jones might be a slight concern.

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