Vikings outlast Browns 30-16 in London as Adam Thielen celebrates in style


LONDON — The Vikings played in a rugby stadium Sunday, but Adam Thielen gave the fans a soccer slide.

Close enough. It was a big play in Minnesota’s 33-16 victory over Cleveland at Twickenham Stadium.

Thielen caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum in the second quarter to give the Vikings their first lead of the game, 9-6. The winless Browns (0-8) regained the lead and held it into the third quarter, but by then the Vikings had found their rhythm.

Thielen, who had five catches for 98 yards, did plenty to excite the fans in London. On his touchdown, which came on a broken play that left him wide open in the back of the end zone, Thielen slid on his knees across the slippery turf while the crowd roared.

“When we came over here (before), I was like, ‘Man, that would be really cool,’ ” said Thilen, who was on the practice squad when the Vikings played in London in 2013 and did not play in their 34-27 victory over Pittsburgh. “I always played FIFA (video games) and stuff like that growing up and seeing those guys celebrate, I kind of got inspiration from that.”

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