Coming off two straight losses, the New England Patriots were in dire need of a bounce-back performance against the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins. The team delivered just that and blew out its opponent 38-7 to improve to 2-2 on the year. Naturally, the mood was a celebratory one in the Patriots’ post game locker room:
The usual round of handshakes and hugs – featuring an appearance by Rob Gronkowski, who left the game in the second half due to an ankle injury – was followed by a speech by head coach Bill Belichick. “That’s just what we needed today,” Belichick told his men after the game. “All three units contributed, complementary football, we got contributions from everybody. We won the whole week. It wasn’t just today: we won the whole week.”
Belichick then went on to present a game ball to team owner Robert Kraft, who on Sunday registered his 300th win in his position – the fastest owner to ever reach the 300-win plateau. Kraft took the stage to express his appreciation for the players and coaches that have helped the Patriots to their unprecedented run of success: “Our family is just a vehicle, and a custodian of this great asset. It’s the players and coaches that did it.”
Finally, it was team captain Matthew Slater’s turn to take the floor asking the usual question: “How do we feel about a victory?” Aww yeah.