Divisional games are always a special affair, and Monday night’s game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills was no different. The Patriots’ 25-6 win was a hard-fought one that saw the offense struggle for most of the night but the defense come up in key situations. All in all, the team was able to get a victory in Buffalo — or, as head coach Bill Belichick said in the postgame locker room, to “grind it out” (via the Patriots’ Twitter):
"That's the way to come in here and get a division win on the road."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 31, 2018
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The clip starts with the usual amount of handshakes and high-fives, but includes two noteworthy scenes: 1) Backup tight end Dwayne Allen was once again the first player to greet his teammates when they enter the locker room, standing right next to Robert and Jonathan Kraft. 2) Josh McDaniels was pretty pumped about Devin McCourty’s pick-six, noting that he was “faster than Tyreek” — Kansas City Chiefs standout Tyreek Hill.
Afterwards, Belichick is seen taking the floor to congratulate his team to the win. “Good job, men,” Belickick told the Patriots players. “That’s the way to come in here and get a division win on the road. It’s always tough here, you just have to grind it out — and you did.” New England’s head coach went on to tell his team that it is on a short week heading into the next game, and that a quick turnaround is needed with the Green Bay Packers right around the corner.
When Belichick was done, special teams captain Matthew Slater took the floor to break down the traditional postgame huddle. “You’re coming into Buffalo on Halloween week, it’s kind of like a little trick, little treat,” Slater said before asking his teammates about how they felt about “a little trick, a little treat, a little W?” Awww yeah.
The Patriots also released a sights-and-sounds clip from the game, which features scenes from the Bills faithful before the game, Patriots’ pregame huddles broken down by Trey Flowers and Devin McCourty, and sideline reactions of the biggest plays of the night.