MINNEAPOLIS – He's done it again.
Justin Jefferson has once again surpassed Hall of Famer Randy Moss in the Vikings record books.
Currently in this third NFL season, Jefferson broke Moss' single-season receiving yards record (1,632) on Saturday against the Giants.
It was an apt Christmas Eve present for the receiver, as well as 66,000-plus Vikings fans decked all in white at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The catch that vaulted Jefferson over "Super Freak" occurred on his second catch of the game – and naturally on a long pass from Kirk Cousins that gained 25 yards and a Minnesota first down. He advanced the Vikings drive midway through the first quarter of a yet-scoreless game. The play was followed by a Dalvin Cook run, then another nice grab from Jefferson, this time 13 yard over the middle.
The Vikings finished the drive with a touchdown pass from Cousins to T.J. Hockenson for a 7-0 lead with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Jefferson established the new record with two games remaining in the 17-game regular season. Moss, of course, played during the era of 16-game campaigns.
View the best photos of Justin Jefferson during his career-high game of 223 yards and 11 receptions vs. the Detroit Lions on Dec. 11, 2022.
Prior to reaching this goal, Jefferson had already done the following:
- Broke Moss' record for catches as a rookie in 2020
- Passed Odell Beckham, Jr., for most receiving yards by a player in his first two NFL seasons
- Joined Moss and Sammy White as the only Vikings WRs to make Pro Bowls in each of their first two professional seasons
- Passed Moss for the most receiving yards through a player's first three seasons
- Set a new team record for most receiving yards in a regular-season game
You know what they say: Records were made to be broken.
Despite Jefferson bettering some of Moss' marks, the mutual respect between phenomenal receivers is clear.
Moss recently joined ESPN's Manningcast during Monday Night Football and told Peyton and Eli Manning that Jefferson is "hands down" one of league's top receivers.
"I just thought Justin Jefferson really had a chance to do something special this season," Moss said.