Back in February of 2018, shortly before the Eagles and Patriots met in the Super Bowl, the Eagles Lane Johnson had this to say:
"I just think that The Patriot Way it's a fear-based organization. Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth.
"When they go to interviews, they act like fucking robots. Hey, let's stop being a dickhead. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it. Not to be reckless, but hey, I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is."
Ok, so Lane set the stage, almost two years ago. Fast forward to yesterday, as the Patriots beat the Eagles in Philadelphia, and Bill Belichick's comments:
"It really was a good team victory for us today. I am really proud of the way our guys competed. They just went out there and competed for 60 minutes. I know we didn't get off to a great start, but we just kept battling and made plays in all three phases of the game. We played for 60 minutes and played some good situational football and made plays that we needed to make to win. Big drive offensively coming off of the goal line in the fourth quarter put our defense in a good field position. Defense played really well in the second half. The players covered well, rushed well, and they tackled real well. They just did a good job. It looked like everyone had fun out there today and we played a lot of good energy and it was good to come down here and get a win."
And there's the kill shot...