What started as an awful beginning to the Ron Rivera era in Washington ended with the team pulling off its largest come-from-behind victory in nearly five years.
Washington scored 27 unanswered points on Sunday afternoon after falling behind by 17 in the second quarter, riding the team's dominant defensive front to a 10-point victory over rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Rivera addressed his team in the locker room following the victory, his first as head coach of the Washington Football Team. And you could just tell by the head coach's voice how proud he was of his team.
"I'm telling you, you guys are the real deal," Rivera said. "I didn't know, nobody knew. But when you guys turned it around in the second quarter, it made me realize exactly how good you guys can be."
The head coach told his team how impressed he was with how they responded to adversity, especially against the Eagles, a team that has beaten Washington six straight times and is the reigning division winner.
"Trust me fellas, it's in here. It really is," Rivera said. "You look at what we did as an offense, as a defense and as special teams against that team, the defending NFC East champs? That tells you that you can play."
Proud of his team's effort, Rivera made sure to tell his players to enjoy Sunday's win. But like any head coach, Rivera emphasized that the team can only celebrate for so long, as they travel to Arizona for a clash with another young yet talented team in the Cardinals.
"Enjoy this. You guys earned the right to enjoy this, I'll tell you that. It's a humbling experience to win; it's a humbling experience to lose," Rivera said. "Be humble, be forthright, and whatever you do, be the Washington Football Team."
Rivera, who gave out game balls to pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan and both of his coordinators, also received a game ball from the team for earning his first victory as head coach.
"This is just the beginning of who we can become," Rivera ended his speech with. "Just believe in the process."