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Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

The New England Patriots won a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and head coach Bill Belichick rewarded his players with their first "Victory Monday" of the season.

"Victory Monday" means a day off, and while few things are better than a huge win in Philly, a free Monday is right up there.

The reaction to Belichick's declaration of a "Victory Monday" was pretty amazing, and the Patriots released a video of the moment on their website Monday (click the link in the tweet below).

Even though the players did not have to show up at Gillette Stadium on Monday, it's no surprise that many of them did anyway. One player who was present, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, was quarterback Tom Brady. 

The Patriots' 17-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field helped them stay above the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The toughest stretch of the Patriots' regular season schedule continues Sunday when the defending Super Bowl champs host another talented NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys, for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

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Chiefs DE Frank Clark gives Patriots bulletin board material for possible playoff rematch

Chiefs DE Frank Clark gives Patriots bulletin board material for possible playoff rematch

The Kansas City Chiefs are feeling mighty confident following their 23-16 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Tom Brady and the Pats offense continued to struggle in the Week 14 matchup, and some of that had to do with the constant pressure the Chiefs defense put on the 42-year-old quarterback. One of the stars for Kansas City was defensive end Frank Clark, who notched one of the Chiefs' three sacks.

After the game, Clark made it clear he wants a postseason rematch against the Patriots while noting the shortcomings of New England's offensive line.

“We’ll be seeing them in the playoffs," Clark said, per The Boston Globe. "Hopefully we do. I want them again. They don’t have a tackle that can block us. Speed, power, whatever we were throwing at them, they couldn’t handle.”

If these two teams do match up again in the playoffs, you better believe that statement will be on a bulletin board somewhere in Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots will shake off their second straight loss -- which included a few very controversial calls -- and shift their focus to next week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Patriots rookie first-rounder N'Keal Harry sees only two snaps vs. Chiefs, leaves with injury

Patriots rookie first-rounder N'Keal Harry sees only two snaps vs. Chiefs, leaves with injury

FOXBORO -- N'Keal Harry's almost-touchdown will receive plenty of attention over the course of the next few days, and maybe more than that as the Patriots try to figure out where they fit in the AFC playoff picture. 

Receiving less attention is the fact that Harry played only two offensive snaps in the game, his fourth regular-season contest since returning to action off of injured reserve last month. Harry played 22 snaps last week in a loss to the Texans -- his lone target going for a game-changing interception -- but clearly was not a significant part of Sunday's game plan against the Chiefs.

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Harry left the loss to Kansas City with what the Patriots announced as a hip injury. He said after the game, however, that he was "good" health-wise. 

That he only saw two snaps before getting banged up is curious given that the Patriots appear to need all the help they can get at the moment on the offensive side of the football. Harry clearly has a long way to go before he's entrusted by Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady, but he also has physical skills -- skills he flashed on his near touchdown catch-and-run -- that could be useful.

Harry's two snaps Sunday consisted of his in-motion under route that resulted in his 12-yard catch. (That was the first time on 70 routes this season -- we analyzed them all here -- that Harry went in motion.) He also ran a clear-out vertical route on a fourth-down pass play that was intended for Julian Edelman but landed incomplete. 

In Houston, Harry ran five deep overs or dig routes. He ran three go routes, two shallow crossers, a comeback route and a hitch. He split his time almost evenly on the left and right sides of the formation and played one snap in the slot. That represented a reduction in workload for the rookie who played 55 snaps against the Cowboys in Week 11 as one of only three receivers active for the game.

While his snaps have almost disappeared, if he's healthy enough, perhaps the Patriots will try to find more ways to get the football into his hands more quickly. He showed something on his one touch Sunday. He's a large person (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) who has athleticism and is hard to tackle. At Arizona State he was a frequent recipient of short passes like the one he saw Sunday, taking them and making yards after the catch on his own.

His inability to grasp the nuances of the Patriots offense is relatively evident. Whether it was the way his ran the route in Houston that resulted in a pick, or if it was prior to his catch Sunday when he had to ask Brady about his responsibilities just before the ball was snapped, he's not fully up to speed. 

But this Patriots offense needs any and all answers it can find. Maybe Harry's second (and final) snap against the Chiefs told them he deserves more work next week in Cincinnati. If not, then it's fair to wonder if he's even more behind than we can tell.

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