Much to the dismay of fans and a few of his players, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier called two timeouts as the Washington Redskins drove for a potential game-tying touchdown in the final two minutes Thursday night.

The Redskins had used their final timeout on the Vikings’ previous drive to save time. Frazier called a timeout with 1:20 remaining after Washington moved the ball to the Vikings 25-yard line. He called another timeout after Washington’s Roy Helu carried the ball to the 4-yard line with 38 seconds left.
“I wanted to make sure for one, our guys were getting a little fatigued,” Frazier said. “But also if they were to get a score, I wanted us to have a chance to go back and respond. I didn’t want then to be able to run the clock out and us not have a chance on offense. Fortunately for us, because our guys were gassed, they got their breath and made some big stops at the end.”

TV shots captured an animated Greg Jennings on the sideline after Frazier called the second timeout. Asked if he was worried about his players being upset with his decisions, Frazier said: “I’ve learned in my short time as head coach that you better do it the way you believe in doing it because you don’t have a chance to do this for very long. You don’t want to have any regrets. Our players, they’re thinking about what they need to think about. But I need to think about the total picture. So no big deal.”