The New England Patriots won the first regular-season game against the Houston Texans. You could see it in the Patriots locker room.
The team won over the Houston Texans 27-20, and the Patriots locker room was filled with laughter and joy. Quarterback Tom Brady hugged team owner Robert Kraft, and the rest of the teammates were just there, giving one another high fives on the job well done. That’s how you celebrate.
In one moment, Josh McDaniels was hugging Jason McCourty, and ribbed him on his first win in a long, long time. McCourty spent his previous season with the Browns.
Head coach Bill Belichick addressed his guys, and also talked about the things his Patriots need to correct.
“We’ve talked about it going down to the last play and that’s what it was, so it’s a good job there on the situational football. We all know there’s a lot of things we can do better here. It’s a good win. There’s a lot of things we can do better, a lot of room for improvement starting with handling the ball. Three turnovers. That’s always going to be trouble, so we’ve got to do a better job than that,” Belichick said.
The Patriots could handle the Texans easily.
“It’s always good to get off to a good start here in the opener. I thought our guys played really competitively. We did a lot of good things. Obviously, some things we need to improve on, clean up on. But that’s the way it always is in a game like this. Houston’s tough. We expected it to go all 60 minutes, like it did, and come down to the final play. That’s pretty much what we’ve got. It’s good to get the first one. We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ll just keep grinding it out here and see if we can get better each day, get better each week,” the head coach said on Sunday.