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Entering Week 17 with 1,267 receiving yards, Jefferson needed 111 yards in the Vikings’ season finale to set a new Super Bowl-era (since 1966) rookie record. He broke the mark established by Arizona’s Anquan Boldin (1,377) in 2003 upon catching a 14-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins in the third quarter of Minnesota’s 37-35 victory. With 1,400 yards for the season, the first-rounder ranks second all time behind Houston’s Bill Groman, who holds the rookie record (1,473) set in 1960.
Two drives before he broke Boldin’s record, Jefferson set the franchise rookie record for receiving yards. Wearing custom cleats that paid homage to Hall of Famer Randy Moss, Jefferson caught a 15-yard pass in the third quarter to break the Vikings’ mark (1,313) set by Moss in 1998.
“It’s an honor to break Randy Moss’ record,” Jefferson said. “Him being a Hall of Famer and him just being so dominant in this league, so to break his record is truly a blessing. It’s