The New England Patriots came out off their week 11 bye with a solid overall performance against the New York Jets: the Patriots defeated their AFC East rivals with a final score of 27-13 — their largest win in the Meadowlands since a memorable 2012 Thanksgiving day blowout — to improve to 8-3 on the season. Naturally, the mood in the postgame locker room was a positive one as the Patriots’ weekly behind-the-scenes clip shows:
Following the usual amount of handshakes and high-fives — including quarterback Tom Brady congratulating safety Devin McCourty for the defense giving up just 13 points — Bill Belichick took the floor to speak to his team. “That’s a good job of grinding it out there for a couple of weeks,” New England’s head coach told his men. “Definitely got the running game going today, that’s a damn good job up front.”
Running for a combined 216 yards on 35 attempts was not the only positive Belichick pointed out, though. “Covering kicks better, stopping the run better, playing better as a team,” he continued. “Keep improving, keep working — and we have a lot of work to do this week against a good football team that we don’t know.” Following his remarks, Belichick gave the floor to team captain Matthew Slater to break down the postgame huddle.
“Today we did what we needed to do,” Slater told his teammates before asking the traditional question: “How do we feel about a post-Thanksgiving win in New Jersey?” Awww yeah.
The Patriots also released a sights-and-sounds clip from the game, that includes a scene with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia telling his unit that it should not be satisfied with going for three points and instead should have touchdowns on its collective mind.