MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings are getting a look at their future at wide receiver in a no-stakes game against the Chicago Bears.
On the Vikings’ opening drive of the second half, quarterback Kirk Cousins found rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette down field and launched a deep ball on third-and-13 that went 44 yards for a touchdown to cut Chicago’s lead to 14-10.
Smith-Marsette lined up in the slot at the Chicago 44-yard line.
Then, on third-and-short at midfield with 13:44 to play in the game, Jefferson ran a go route down the Bears sideline and turned what Chicago safety Eddie Jackson thought was a dead play into a 45-yard touchdown reception.
Jackson tracked Jefferson in coverage and stopped shy of the goal line, where Jefferson caught a deep ball from Cousins to tie up the game 17-17 after the point-after attempt.