The Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Vikings was, by and large, an uneventful affair - save for one tense moment on the sideline. The extra time gave the Patriots a chance to decide whether they would like to challenge a play that gave the Vikings a first down, according to the Boston Herald.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.
But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and took responsibility for the kerfuffle, which ended with Belichick shouting some nasty words at him as he was steered away by down judge Jerod Phillips. "I wasn't directing it toward him".
The Vikings took possession with just under two minutes remaining in the half, marching 74 yards on seven plays. "I can't lose it like that, but I just thought it was interesting timing for a guy to go down where there was a close play that could have been reviewed". "For me, I just lost my emotions". "I let the emotions get the best of me", Thielen said.
Thielen addressed the incident with reporters after the game.
"Once you tick him off, he'll explode", Patterson said of Thielen.
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"He jumped in Thielen's face", McCourty said. Elandon Roberts drew the attention for blowing up Dalvin Cook on the Vikings' first play of the game from scrimmage, but Jackson also deserves credit for letting Treadwell know what he was in for.
"Um, yeah, obviously I gotta keep my cool", Thielen said.
The loss moved the Vikings to 6-5-1 on the season and moved them outside the playoff picture (pending the results of the game on Monday Night Football) but they will need to play well next week in order to get back in the hunt.
"Hopefully I don't go backwards next week. I'm still going to be the same person I am and try to go out and do my best". Asked if the conversation was just two competitive people exchanging holiday greetings, the coach replied, "Yeah, pretty much". He did score the Vikings' lone touchdown, but the Patriots' defense clearly put an emphasis on limiting the unsafe receiver on this day.
Kirk Cousins finished 32 of 44 for 201 yards and touchdown for Minnesota, but had two late interceptions. Thielen entered the game averaging 8.5 receptions and 103.5 receiving yards per game, but he was only able to catch five passes for 28 yards against the Patriots.
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