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What The Vikings Said Following Their 27-26 Loss To The Seahawks

Transcripts, interviews and press conferences from the Seahawks' Week 5 game vs. Minnesota

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) runs after the catch during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Ric Tapia/NFL)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) runs after the catch during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Ric Tapia/NFL)

Postgame quotes from the following:

(On what he thought about the call to go for it on fourth down…)

"Honestly, that was a great situation to just to end the game. It's on us as an offense to, you know, we needed one yard and we have to get that done to win the game, to end it with us as the offense on the field. We had an opportunity, obviously they made one more play than us. Obviously really disappointing but we're going back to work."

(On what the Seahawks did defensively that made it tough for them in the third quarter…)

"They made some negative plays. We knew going into this game that we had to stay positive, stay on track. You saw that in the first half with how our drives were going with getting positive plays, no negative plays, no holding calls, things like that. What usually hurts offenses is when you have negative plays, you have penalties, dropped balls or not getting open… Obviously it's something that we have to learn from, but also proud of the guys that we had a really bad couple of drives there but turned it around, answered, scored, drove it down the field again. We just have to finish."

(On the team's moral after losing a close one in the rain at the end…)

"Honestly, the message in the locker room is 'we can be a dang-good football team.' We saw it tonight, we saw it the last couple of weeks. We just have to finish. One more play… you can go back and look on situations and you wish you woulda-coulda-shoulda, but one more play, one more yard, one more stop, things like that. It's just we're so close and that's probably why it's so disappointing, it's so frustrating, it's humbling, honestly. But, we know if we can stick together, if we can keep going to work… I know it like a broken record and we keep saying that, but it's so true. We have the guys in this locker room, we have the coaches, we really care about one another and we're fighting to the end. I promise you that. Excited to get back to work and obviously move forward from this game, as frustrating as it is."

(On losing RB Dalvin Cook…)

"Obviously you don't want to lose a guy like Dalvin, he's such a dynamic football player. He means so much to this offense. But, at the end of the day, we have to go to work. It doesn't matter who's in there, we have to find a way. I was just proud of the guys in this locker room of how we just kept fighting and battling and scratching and crawling and fighting til the end and we did that. Again, frustrating not to win because there's no victories in a loss. But, at the end of the day, we're excited about what we have in this locker room and just the fight. Again, you have a bad quarter like that, it's easy to let that one get away from you. Especially against this team, this defense, and a quarterback like they have."

(On if he thinks back on any of the blitzes and if one play could have totally changed the game…)

"It could have if we get home on a few of those. I feel like you could say that about any play. The game is there to be won. We have many different plays to win, you know, fourth-down-and-whatever to win the football game, it was there. It wasn't just one time, it was a couple times. We just have to keep working, keep honing in on the details and our techniques and just playing ball and finishing the game."

(On what happened on his interception…)

"I was covering the running back, Carson. I knew he was close to out of bounds and Russ (Wilson) was probably going to scramble so I pushed him out of bounds, got my head back around, and we got some pressure on him and I saw the ball and just went up and made the play on it. It was a great play, honestly, to give us a chance to win the football game. I think our offense did some great things. I think they ran the ball really well, they made some big plays in crunch time and I think team-wide there are those plays where if we do a little bit more, a little bit more detail, we can win these games."

(On finishing out games and what they are learning from close losses…)

"We have to stay mentally strong and persevere. We can't think that a team is just going to lay down and give us the game. We have to continue to fight. Our D-Line coach, Coach P, he emphasized the fight. We have to fight for the entire game. We have to fight and take what we want. We have to make sure that we're doing what is necessary to win games."

(On the emotional swings in a game like this…)

"I think there might be many of those throughout a game, depending on what happens. Regardless, if it seems like we have a little bit of cushion in the lead we have to continue fighting and continue to do better and extend that lead and not just be comfortable having a little bit of a lead. We need to literally continue that development of dominating the game in any facet. Don't get comfortable with a lead and don't allow, if a team is up, don't think like 'ah this is it,' we have to continue fighting."

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