Randy Moss didn't get mad when his team's owner ripped him for his inconsistent, listless play. He apparently just got tired of being bored.
Moss returned from back-to-back lackadaisical games with a two-touchdown performance Monday night that lifted the Minnesota Vikings past Green Bay, 24-20, at the Metrodome.
"I like big games, that's how I'm made," said Moss, who caught five passes for 131 yards and set up the game-winning touchdown with a 36-yard grab as the Vikings (8-6) snapped a two-game skid and restored visions of retaining their NFC Central title.
Moss's big night came a week after Vikings owner Red McCombs criticized the second-year star for dropping too many passes and walking away from a defender after an interception that was nullified by a penalty.
McCombs's criticisms were the first public gripes from the organization this season about the moody Moss, who has sulked on the sideline, nonchalantly cut off routes when the plays weren't designed for him and dropped at least four potential touchdown passes.
But Moss said he wasn't bothered by the boss's blunt critique.
"He's our owner. He owns me," Moss said. "He owns our coaches. He owns Coach [Dennis] Green. And I think he's entitled to say anything he wants to."
Moss admitted he's been moping at times this season after a sensational rookie season.
"I really don't want to say bored," Moss said. "I think I'm just being too relaxed. There have been times when I've been bored, just dragging along and stuff like that. I don't think mine is moping around in a bad way. It's just how I feel on game day."
Meanwhile, veteran free safety Orlando Thomas is out for the season with a broken right shoulder blade.
On the Packers' first drive in the third quarter, Thomas came up to help Robert Griffith stuff Dorsey Levens after a four-yard carry. He stayed in one more snap, but was replaced by Anthony Bass, who will fill in for him the rest of the season.
The Vikings also lost nickel back Chris Rogers (Howard University) to a pulled hamstring during warmups and he was replaced by converted wide receiver Robert Tate, who made a touchdown-saving tackle on William Henderson.
Moss, who also dropped another pass, said it was a simple mistake.
"The guy hit the ball head-on. Through my whole career I've been taught to put the ball on the outside arm, and that time I tried to reverse field and get what I could," Moss said. "I didn't worry about changing hands with the ball and it popped out."
The Packers then scored on a fake field goal attempt when holder Matt Hasselbeck hit tight end Jeff Thomason with a touchdown toss with 12 minutes 31 seconds left.
Moss fumbled twice a week ago at Kansas City, one time inside the Chiefs 10 and another time when a punt ricocheted off his chest.
"I'm not used to fumbling," Moss said. "This is the most I've fumbled in a season in my life. That's very disappointing, and hopefully I can come through in the clutch in these last couple of games."