The New England Patriots ended their 2018 regular season in style: the team blew out the visiting New York Jets 38-3 to improve their record to 11-5. The victory also helped New England secure a first-round bye in the playoffs as the number two seed in the AFC. Naturally, the mood in the locker room after the game was a celebratory one:
"Good job, Gronker."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 1, 2019
"Hey you too, Tom!"
Celebrating a Week 17 win & a first-round bye inside the locker room. pic.twitter.com/Oy76vSk7Q7
The clip starts with the usual round of high-fives and hugs, and with team owner Robert Kraft welcoming the team to the locker room. Afterwards, Bill Belichick took the floor to address the players. “Alright, men, congratulations. Winning today means we won next week. That’s what winning today means,” the Patriots’ head coach said before turning the focus to the challenges ahead. “We all know we need to play our best football going forward.”
“We had a good week this week, that’s why we did as well as we did today,” Belichick continued. “We need that next week, and then moving on... We’ve got a lot of football left this year, but we need it to be our best football.” The coach then told his men to return to work on Wednesday morning, before giving way to special teams captain Matthew Slater to break down the traditional postgame huddle.
“To the brotherhood: How do we feel about the brotherhood?” Slater asked. Awww yeah.