Vikings’ Adam Thielen spits out victory turkey after Thanksgiving win over Patriots: ‘It’s a little dry’

By | November 24, 2022

NBC must have hired Catherine to cook the turkey for the final game on Thanksgiving.

Following the Vikings’ 33-26 victory over the Patriots on Thursday, Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen tried some celebratory turkey leg during his postgame interview with NBC’s Melissa Stark. It certainly appeared he was unable to finish it.

“To be able to play here on Thanksgiving at home, all the family here ready for a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night — as I’ve got turkey in my mouth,” Thielen said as he tried to chew. “It’s a little dry.”

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As Stark explained, this is the one night players can speak with their mouthes full, Thielen appeared to step aside and spit out the turkey on the field to fix the problem.

“Take a bite,” Stark told quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins said he had been eating and started to take a small bite as he held a turkey leg in his hand.

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Those weren’t the only odd moments from the interview. Justin Jefferson said he needed to take out his grills to sample the turkey.

Cousins said he was going to follow Jefferson’s lead, and that he might need to get some grills next, but he would need to call his dentist first.

“I don’t know if my dentist gets a lot of requests for grills,” Cousins said. 

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It was a big day for the trio of Vikings offensive stars. Cousins shook off his prime-time woes by completing 30 of 37 passes for 299 and three touchdowns with one interception. Jefferson caught nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Thielen caught nine passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Those three might not have been too interested in eating the turkey, but defensive back Patrick Peterson was going to make sure he had some for dinner before leaving U.S. Bank Stadium.