The Minnesota Vikings beat the Saint Louis Rams on Sunday, but you wouldn't know it from their post-match reaction.
The Vikings came out 21-18 overtime winners against the Rams, but the victory was marred by a scary moment where quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was momentarily knocked unconscious by a St. Louis player on a very late hit.
Vikings players and coaches had strong words for the Rams, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in particular, after the game.
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Bridgewater was knocked out by a flying shoulder or elbow from Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, who claimed after the game that it was a complete accident and he had already started his tackle before Teddy slid.
Minnesota offensive lineman Brandon Fusco had a simple response to that claim: “Yeah, he’s full of crap.”
Other Vikings players backed up Fusco's words, with fellow lineman Matt Kalil pointing to a play earlier in the game where Rams defensive end William Hayes went for Bridgewater's knees after the ball was long gone.
“It says a lot about the character of their team, trying to hurt guys after the play,” Kalil said. “When you’re trying to take cheap shots and possibly blow out our quarterback’s knee, it’s a little too far.”
We'll leave the last words to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer though, who called out the defensive coordinator Williams in fantastic fashion.
“I do know that there is a history there with their defensive coordinator,” Zimmer said. “If we were out on the street, we probably would have had a fight."
Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Saints in 2009, when they laid several late hits on Vikings QB Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game. That game was cited in the Bountygate scandal, for which Williams was suspended an entire season.
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