After two losses away from Foxboro earlier this season, the New England Patriots registered their first road victory of the year on Sunday: the team defeated the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field 38-31, in a hard-fought battle that was not decided until the very last play of the game. The atmosphere in the postgame locker room naturally was a celebratory one (via the Patriots’ Twitter account):
"No matter what, family."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 23, 2018
Inside the locker room after a win on the road. pic.twitter.com/AtAGE5x3bH
Following the usual amount of handshakes and high-fives, head coach Bill Belichick took the floor to congratulate his team to the win. “Always tough to win on the road, so good to get one,” Belichick told his men before turning the attention to a special teams unit that contributed two touchdowns to the win. “Good to get 14 points from the kicking game – way to step up.”
Belichick went on to tell his team that a big division game against the Buffalo Bills awaits, and that the club needs “everybody rested, everybody ready to go” before giving the plays an extra day off. Team captain Matthew Slater took the floor after the coach to break down the traditional postgame huddle: “No matter what, family,” Slater said. “But how do we feel about coming into the historical Soldier Field and getting a W?” Awww yeah.
The Patriots also released a sights-and-sounds clip from the game on their website, including a conversation between offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and his unit early on in the game during which they discuss the positioning of star pass rusher Khalil Mack.