The New England Patriots are back at .500 thanks to a hard-fought 27-24 road victory over a playoff-caliber opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, on Sunday. Now at 4-4 after back-to-back wins, the Patriots can feel good about where they are headed and how they performed against the Chargers.
Bill Belichick said the same during his postgame locker room speech.
“It wasn’t our best but we made the plays that we needed to make to win. Good job. Good job of stepping up and making the big plays,” Belichick told his men. “That’s a damn good win. Congratulations.”
The Patriots’ head coach then proceeded to hand out game balls to two former Chargers: tight end Hunter Henry, who had a 33-yard catch and played a big role in helping New England gain 142 yards on 38 rushing attempts, and safety Adrian Phillips, who finished with two interceptions — including a pick-six.
“You work with purpose, you work with faith, and there will be results,” added team captain Matthew Slater in the postgame huddle. “Enjoy the process, fellas. Enjoy the struggle.”