Tempers flare, but Patriots let their play speak loudest against the Vikings

Dec 2 2018 Foxborough MA New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs for a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium

Tempers flare, but Patriots let their play speak loudest against the Vikings

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

In Week 13 of the 2018 National Football League season, the Minnesota Vikings hit the road to take on the New England Patriots in a matchup which found the purple and gold on the losing side of a 10-24 battle.

Minnesota got the ball back quickly after Brady threw his first interception in five games, to Eric Kendricks.

"That makes it hard for them to defend us", Brady said.

The greatness of quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots has been an on-and-off thing this season.

Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes to eight different receivers, many of them on dump-offs that resulted in just 201 yards passing. We've got four games left.

"Once you tick him off, he'll explode", Patterson said of Thielen. He said it fired up his Patriots teammates. "We all know our role and we embrace it". He recapped the preceding plays, including Rob Gronkowski's catch on second down, and the Vikings' successful challenge of the spot of the ball (setting up third and short).

Dec 2 2018 Foxborough MA USA New England Patriots running back James White carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium

The Patriots' offense had success early in the game, with a first-quarter touchdown run by fullback James Develin.

Cousins then went to work in the 2-minute offense, opening Minnesota's drive with completions of 24 and 23 yards to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. Yes, Adam Thielen became the new Derrick Mason.

Basically, Brady surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards and everybody made the same stupid jokes about him being a good runner. He slid to a stop, popped to his knee and signaled for a first down. 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.

Even the Patriots seemed to be a little tongue in cheek in their tweet pointing out it's the longest anyone has ever taken to reach the milestone.

"That's a good win against a good football team", Belichick said in his typically dour manner at his postgame news conference. Only 12 times this season have the Vikings had runs of 15 yards or more.

Over the middle two quarters, the Vikings slowly worked their way back into their latest spotlight game.

However, Patriots safety Patrick Chung conveniently dropped to the turf with an apparent injury, stopping the clock and giving Belichick the time he needed to consider a challenge (NFL coaches are given two opportunities a game to challenge a call, but a failed challenge costs the challenging team one of its timeouts).

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