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Justin Jefferson Reaches 1,000 Yards in 10th Game of 2023 Season

Justin Jefferson did it again.

The phenom receiver recorded his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Jefferson reached the milestone with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter of of Sunday's Week 18 game at Detroit.

A 38-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-1 put Jefferson past the milestone. He ran a deep post to defeat 1-on-1 coverage by Kindle Vildor.

The score — the 30th touchdown catch of his career — put him at 147 for the day and followed a brilliant catch along the sidelines with an incredible toe tap to gain 9 on third-and-10.

What was even more remarkable about the 1,000-yard feat was he did so in just his 10th game of the 2023 season after missing seven games because of a hamstring injury and part of another with a chest injury.


Jefferson entered the regular-season finale with 882 yards, needing 118 to extend his streak of consecutive seasons to four.

He joined Jake Reed for the third-longest stretch of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in franchise history. Reed did so from 1994-97. Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (eight consecutive from 1993-2000) and Randy Moss (six from 1998-2003) are the only Vikings with longer streaks.

Jefferson also joined Moss (1998-2001), A.J. Green (2011-14), Mike Evans (2014-17) and Michael Thomas (2016-19) as the only NFL players to start their careers with four consecutive seasons.


After not being targeted in the first quarter, Jefferson recorded six catches for 88 yards in the second quarter, helping Minnesota finish two drives with field goals. He added three more receptions for 59 yards in the third quarter.

Jefferson has had more than 100 receiving yards in six of eight career games against the Lions, and he already has more than 1,000 career yards against the Lions.

He joined Moss, Carter, James Lofton, Donald Driver and Anthony Carter as the sixth player in NFL history with more than 1,000 receiving yards against Detroit.