BALTIMORE — After a three-game drought, Justin Jefferson was back Griddying in the end zone upon catching a 50-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Minnesota Vikings‘ Week 9 showdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Facing third-and-7 from midfield, the Ravens defense was slow to get the call in prior to the snap. Lined up outside to the left of Kirk Cousins, Jefferson ran an out route and sped past Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey. While dropping back, Cousins found Jefferson sprinting behind the Ravens’ last line of defense.
50 YARDS. Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson. Griddy time. #SKOL
— NFL (@NFL) November 7, 2021
The 22-year-old receiver ran untouched for 20 yards into the end zone with three Ravens defensive backs trailing.
The Vikings now lead the NFL with 41 points on their opening drives this season and have scored on their opening drive in seven straight games. Cousins’ touchdown pass to Jefferson traveled 41 air yards, the longest touchdown pass via air yards that Cousins has thrown since 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
With his 50-yard touchdown, Jefferson became the second-fastest player to 2,000 career receiving yards in the Super Bowl era, trailing only Odell Beckham Jr.