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Thielen makes it into Pro Football Hall of Fame -- in a way

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night. Brace Hemmelgarn/ USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Or at least the ball he caught last Sunday to set an NFL record has.

In the fourth quarter of a 30-20 loss to New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen caught a 27-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to reach 100 yards receiving for the eighth straight game to start the season. That broke the NFL record Thielen had shared with Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers, who had 100 or more yards receiving in each of the first seven games in 1961.

The ball soon will be put on display at the hall of fame in Canton, Ohio.