Childress: Refs blew call just before Peterson's fumble


After watching the film, Vikings coach Brad Childress knows that running back Adrian Peterson was grabbed by his face mask before he committed a critical fumble in overtime at Chicago.

Peterson's fumble put the Bears in position to score on the next play and win the game. Replays showed that Chicago's Zackary Bowman held on to Peterson's face mask with his left hand, turning his head, before Hunter Hillenmeyer poked the ball out of Peterson's arm.

The play drew no penalty. If officials had thrown a flag for the face mask, it would have nullified the fumble.

"I thought his face mask got grabbed as he put the football on the ground ... but still, in all, he's got to keep that thing in our possession," Childress said Tuesday.

Childress likes that Peterson takes mistakes personally. He said he appreciates Peterson's competitive nature.

But Childress doesn't want Peterson to dwell on the mistake too much, even though he believes players must be accountable for what happens on the field.


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