During the 4th quarter of the Patriots’ 24-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Bill Belichick got into it with Vikings’ receiver Adam Thielen after a 4th down play.
Down two scores and with about nine minutes remaining, the Vikings picked up what looked like a fourth-down conversion—but it was close. Minnesota hurried to the line to try to get the next play off before the Patriots could decide whether to challenge the ruling, but safety Patrick Chung suddenly dropped to the ground with an injury.
This gave the Patriots extra time, and Thielen walked over to the Patriots sideline and made his thoughts be known. It was pretty clear to see what Belichick’s response was.
While the ruling was a 1st down, the Vikings would turn the ball over after a few more plays. Thielen elaborated on the incident after the game.
“I just thought the play was cheap. I wasn’t directing it toward him. I just thought the play was cheap, but like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me because it’s a smart football play if you are in that situation. Why not? It’s not cheating because there’s no rule against it from a guy going down. I don’t know if he was hurt or not. He might have been hurt. 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.”
Belichick, on the other hand, gave a classic Belichick response:
Bill Belichick on if he and Adam Thielen were exchanging holiday greeting:
“Yeah, pretty much.” ? pic.twitter.com/6t8Z9MKPLy
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) December 3, 2018