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As they always do after a game, win or loss, New England Patriots players gathered in the middle of the locker room late Thursday night to hear some closing remarks from head coach Bill Belichick. Only this time there was a twist. It wasn't Belichick who first addressed the players. Instead, it was owner Robert Kraft taking center stage.
"It was a great moment in here," relayed safety Steve Gregory, who watched as Kraft presented Belichick a game ball for earning his 200th career victory as a head coach. "We're all in this together. We're like a family in here. So any time one of our guys gets to accomplish something amazing, it's good to be around him and we're excited for that person."
On Thanksgiving night, players said Kraft talked about how thankful he was for Belichick, now in his 13th season in New England, as he became just the eighth coach in the history of the NFL to hit the 200-win mark. In turn, Belichick told everyone in the room how thankful he was to lead them.
Sometimes it all just comes together and this was one of those nights. It was a signature Belichick-type win, as the defining on-field moment came early in the second quarter when the Patriots scored three touchdowns in a span of 52 seconds, the points coming in all three phases of the game.
How many times have we heard Belichick say that?