Vikings’ Thielen walks back behavior after confronting Belichick

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A day after Mike Zimmer was dismayed with parts of the Minnesota Vikings' offensive game plan during a 24-10 loss to the New England Patriots, the Minnesota coach cited a "lack of consistency" as to why the run game faltered on Sunday night.

At 9:02 of the fourth quarter, Vikings back converted on a close fourth-and-1 run play. Pats safety Patrick Chung fell to the turf injured, which stopped the clock and gave the Patriots' sideline a chance to figure out if they wanted to challenge the spot on the Vikings' first down.

Thielen could be seen yelling in the direction of the Patriots bench "that's bullcrap" after he chose to challenge the play.

Thielen also said he won't hold a grudge toward Belichick for the words the coach hurled at him.

New England ended up winning the game, 24-10. "I wasn't directing it toward him". I've talked to Thielen a bunch of times off the field, a great guy, but everybody's out there battling and it's all about sometimes football comes down to a yard and we're out there on fourth-and-1 fighting for a yard. Why not? It's not cheating because there's no rule against it from a guy going down, and I don't know if he was hurt or not. "For me, I just lost my emotions". Jackson admitted after the game that he was anxious he would get flagged for not playing the ball, but that the officials told him he had good coverage.

"Yeah, obviously, I got to keep my cool", Thielen told reporters after the game, via the Vikings' official website.

"I've got to get better", Thielen said.

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"He jumped in Thielen's face", McCourty said. It lets you know that he's not only passionate for the game, but passionate for his players.

"Once you tick him off, he'll explode", Patterson said of Thielen. I can't lose [my temper] like that. "I don't want us to go backwards anymore".

The Vikings quickly went three-and-out on a drive in which Cook was not utilized in the run or pass game. This was a better showing against a team, in the Vikings, with postseason aspirations of its own.

Afterwards, Belichick was asked if the conflict resulted from 'two competitive people exchanging holiday greetings'.

Pretty much every quip was the same, but the National Football League aired a commercial with great running backs talking about how special a runner is.

Kirk Cousins finished 32 of 44 for 201 yards and touchdown for Minnesota, but had two late interceptions.

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