Still, Thielen stands behind calling Chung and the Patriots out for what he believes was a cheap move on their part.
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 call on the field was that he got a first down, so Belichick chose to challenge.
Bill Belichick was caught getting into a screaming match with a Minnesota Vikings wide receiver on Sunday. Belichick didn't take kindly to the commentary from the opponent, and responded with some words that can't be repeated on television.
New England defeated the Vikings 24-10 at home to improve to 9-3 on the year.
Thielen told reporters after the game he thought it was a "cheap" play by New England. He can think what he wants to think about me, and it doesn't really change how I'm going to go play the game. "I wasn't directing it towards (Belichick)", Thielen continued.
"Once you tick him off, he'll explode", Patterson said of Thielen.
"Obviously we've got to get better". It lets you know that he's not only passionate for the game, but passionate for his players. 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. I don't know if he was hurt or not. That's fine. It is what it is.
On Sunday, the Vikings passed 44 times while running just 13 times.
Thielen did regret the outburst.
"I've got to keep my cool", Thielen said. I can't lose [my temper] like that. "It was a close play that could've been reviewed. So for me, I just lost my emotions".
The extended time caused Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen to shout at Belichick and the Patriots sideline.
"No offense taken. It's football".
Thielen was also likely feeling the frustration of what was one of his worst performances of the season, with just five catches (on 10 targets) for 28 yards and a touchdown. "We see it every day, so I think it's probably a lot cooler for you guys to see it".
"I'm not trying to go backward", he said. "I'm still going to be the same person I am and try to go out and do my best".
Outside of the sideline spat, Thielen was a significant story in this game for his lack of production.
The Patriots' offense had success early in the game, with a first-quarter touchdown run by fullback James Develin. How did the Patriots dictate things on defense?
Belichick was later asked, "Was that just two competitive people exchanging holiday greetings?"
"That's a good win against a good football team", Belichick said in his typically dour manner at his postgame news conference.