Thielen: 'Cheap' play elicited Belichick exchange

Elise Amendola | AP

Elise Amendola | AP

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, appeals to side judge Adrian Hill, left, Sunday during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The quarterback led his Patriots on a 4-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:45, capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon. After the Vikings Latavius Murray picked up the first down, New England's Patrick Chung went down as if he was injured.

Belichick appeared to shout back at Thielen to, "Shut the _ up".

The call on the field was upheld, so Belichick ended up losing his challenge. We've got a lot of guys that can make plays on the offense. It's not cheating. There's no rule against it, from a guy going down. "I can't lose it like that". "That's fine. It is what it is, but like I said, just interesting timing for a guy to go down when it's a close play".

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

"I think he's doing a good job", Zimmer said Monday.

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I think many people wouldn't have been in position to follow up but he's gambled and it has worked out for us. That is the positive we have to take. "We went to a top team away from home and conceded late".

"No offense taken", Thielen said. "We talk about things what I think are important and I think he tries to do those". Alexander gave up a 13-yard completion while playing off Julian Edelman, and was pulled from the game after giving up a 24-yard completion to Cordarrelle Patterson when he jumped inside after Patterson set up to block. "You know, I've got a lot of respect for him and what he's done. That's a good challenge by [Mike] Zimmer, a smart challenge actually because it makes you line up on third down, and makes you waste one of your two-point plays where you direct-snap it to a running back". "He can hate me all he wants, and I'm going to still be the same person I am". Asked during his news conference whether it had been an exchange between two competitive people, he said, "Yeah, pretty much".

The Vikings quickly went three-and-out on a drive in which Cook was not utilized in the run or pass game. He did score the Vikings' lone touchdown, but the Patriots' defense clearly put an emphasis on limiting the risky receiver on this day.

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 completed 32 of 44 passes to eight different receivers, many of them on dump-offs that resulted in just 201 yards passing.

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