The Vikings were attempting to stage a comeback against the Patriots in the frame when Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung appeared to be injured and fell to the ground. 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.
Thielen was then spotted having a verbal altercation with the five-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. It appeared Belichick told the Vikings player to, “Shut the f—k up.”
Thielen told reporters after the game he thought it was a “cheap” play by New England.
“I just thought the play was cheap. I wasn't directing it towards [Belichick],” he said, according to the Boston Herald. “I just thought the play was cheap. But, like I said, I let my emotions get the best of me. It's a smart football play — if you are in that situation, why not? It's not cheating. There's no rule against it, from a guy going down. I don't know if he was hurt or not. He might've been hurt. That's fine, it is what it is. Just interesting timing for a guy to go down when it's a close play.”
The Patriots ended up challenging whether the Vikings got the first down, according to Boston.com. The ruling stood and cost the Patriots a timeout.
New England ended up winning the game, 24-10. The Patriots are now 9-3 on the season. The Vikings drop to 6-5-1.