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Vikings WR Justin Jefferson passes Randy Moss for most receiving yards through first three seasons

Justin Jefferson continues to make history, this time supplanting a Minnesota Vikings great in the record books.

The 23-year-old wideout passed Hall of Fame pass catcher Randy Moss on Thursday night for the most receiving yards through a player's first three seasons. Jefferson entered Minnesota's 33-26 win over the New England Patriots with 4,109 career yards and beat Moss' three-year total (4,163) in the second quarter.

"It means a lot," Jefferson told reporters after the game of the achievement. "It means that my course of reaching to the Hall of Fame is near. But I'm just going to keep working, doing whatever it takes to make plays for this team. I love this team. I'd do anything for it. When the ball is in the air, it's mine."

Jefferson surpassed Moss on an astounding 37-yard grab with 5:08 remaining in the half and Minnesota down 13-10, giving him 77 yards on the day at the time. He finished with 139 yards (4,248 in his career) and a touchdown on nine receptions as the Vikings bounced back from last week's 40-3 defeat to move to 9-2.

"Last game, we didn't like the way we played, totally, all the way around," Jefferson explained. "This game we definitely had to come in and show people that last week just wasn't our week."

The Vikings star exited Thursday night with the most receiving yards in the league (1,232) ahead of Miami's Tyreek Hill (1,148) and Buffalo's Stefon Diggs (1,110), who played earlier in the day.

"We're playing great, we're playing great football," Jefferson said. "We just got to keep going, finish this season out, get to the playoffs and continue doing what we need to do."

Jefferson and the Vikings host the New York Jets next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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