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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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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots don't lose at home very often. Don't believe me? Just take a look at couple of remarkable stats.

According to CLNS Media's Evan Lazar, the Patriots are undefeated at home with both Julian Edelman and Tom Brady in the lineup.

Additionally, the Patriots hold a remarkable record against sub-25-year-old quarterbacks at home for the better part of the past two decades.

Here's a look at the exact numbers, per Lazar.

Safe to say, these stats would seemingly indicate that the Patriots should be favored to beat the Chiefs. And they point to the massive homefield advantage that the Patriots hold playing at Foxboro.

While all trends are meant to be broken, the Chiefs are going to be fighting an uphill battle on Sunday, especially after they left some of their equipment on a flight to Newark and had to scramble to get it to Foxboro ahead of the game.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

An important member of the New England Patriots defense will return Sunday after missing the last two games.

Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty is back to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. McCourty's return from a groin injury comes at the perfect time for New England as it prepares to face arguably the best quarterback in the league in Patrick Mahomes, who on the AP NFL MVP award last season.

There aren't any surpise inactives for the Patriots entering Week 14. Veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu will both play despite being on the injury report as limited participants in practice all week.

The Chiefs will be without running backs Damien Williams (inactive) and Darrel Williams (injured reserve). Kansas City likely will use running back Darwin Thompson quite a bit against the Patriots run defense. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark will play despite being questionable after missing two practices this week.

The outcome of this game will have a huge impact on the AFC playoff picture. The Patriots are trying to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the conference's No. 1 seed, while the Chiefs are aiming to strengthen their hold on first place in the AFC West and also improve their chances of earning a top two seed.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

Cody Kessler, QB
Damien Harris, RB
Ryan Izzo, TE
Ted Karras, C
Korey Cunningham, OL
Byron Cowart, DL
JoeJuan Williams, CB

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

Chad Henne, QB
Damien Williams, RB
Jackson Barton, OL
Nick Allegretti, OL
Deon Yelder, TE
Morris Claiborne, CB
Rashad Fenton, CB

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