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Vikings believe an unquantifiable connectedness will carry them through the postseason

The U.S. Bank Stadium crowd, which arrived on Dec. 17 anticipating a division title, had let out much of its frustration at the end of a first half after the Vikings fell behind the Colts 33-0. A staleness hung in the air as Adam Thielen paced the sideline before the start of the second half, approaching his teammates with a fist bump and a simple message.

"Hey, I don't care what the score is - I love playing with y'all," said Thielen, who was wearing a live microphone for the game. "I love you guys. Let's go."

There was no motivational master strategy driving the 32-year-old receiver, just an affection he felt compelled to verbalize.


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