The New England Patriots played an emotional AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After falling behind 20-10 in the early fourth quarter, the team was able to rally back and ultimately defeat its opponent to win the conference for an unprecedented 10th time and punch a ticket to Super Bowl LII. Naturally, the mood was celebratory in the post game locker room.
As is done after every win, patriots.com released a behind-the-scenes clip of the celebrations after the contest:
Awwww yeah.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 23, 2018
Celebrating a 2nd straight AFC Championship inside the #Patriots locker room: pic.twitter.com/rdNBuVVBn7
The clip starts with players and coaches congratulating each other on the win: Head coach Bill Belichick praises linebacker Kyle Van Noy for a “nice job”, quarterback Tom Brady tells running back Dion Lewis that it was a “great game”. Recently acquired James Harrison is shown with his kids.
Belichick is also shown talking to defensive captain Duron Harmon, while running backs coach Ivan Fears tells Lewis that his performance is a “way to bounce back”. The clip also shows wide receiver Brandin Cooks, acquired via trade this offseason, speaking to Robert Kraft. “Thank you again for the opportunity,” Cooks tells Kraft to which the team owner replies: “You made... we made a good trade, huh?”
Finally, Belichick took the stage to speak to his team: “This gives us a chance to play another one,” the head coach said at the beginning of his remarks. “Congratulations, we've earned it. Give Jacksonville credit, they're a good football team. Let's enjoy this one.” The clip, as usual, ends with team captain Matthew Slater breaking down the post game huddle: “How do we feel about going to Minnesota?”