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Patriots’ loss to the Vikings was a statistical anomaly

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If the Patriots’ Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings was unusual to you, well that’s because it was.

New England’s 33-26 loss was a statistical anomaly as the Patriots were the first team during the Super Bowl era to score at least 25 points, have at least 400 yards of total offense while outgaining their opponent, complete at least 70 percent of their passes, commit fewer than 60 penalty yards, have no turnovers, and not miss a field goal in a game and lose, according to OptaStats. Teams that had committed all those things in a game were previously 170-0.