Kyle Van Noy had a message for the doubters as he returned to the locker room after earning a place in Super Bowl LIII.
“Tell them boys, ‘Stop playing us!'” the Patriots linebacker, who had two sacks on Sunday, shouted. “Tell them, ‘Stop playing us.'”
Before the 37-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, New England had seized on an unfamiliar role: underdog. If a video taken by ESPN”s Jeff Darlington of the team postgame Sunday is anything to go by, the players don’t plan on removing that chip from their shoulder before Feb 3.
“They say we ain’t good enough,” wide receiver Phillip Dorsett yelled.
The excitement of reaching the season’s final game clearly hasn’t faded, even though the Patriots are headed to their third straight Lombardi Trophy decider. One player screams, “I’m going to the Super Bowl!” while another reminds his colleagues, “Got some more work to do.”
One major reason New England still has the opportunity to do more work is the offensive line, which has yet to allow Tom Brady to be sacked so far in the playoffs. The position group’s coach, Dante Scarnecchia, appears to call out, “Hey Trent!” as he tries to catch up with left tackle Trent Brown.
After Brown pauses to wait for Scarnecchia, the 70-year-old gives Brady’s blindside protector a handshake and says, “I’m so proud of you tonight.”
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I just had a pretty unique view of the Patriots players coming off the field and into the locker room. A lot of emotions here. Check it out. pic.twitter.com/na8nQOrRBc
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 21, 2019