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Lions react to Matt Patricia's first NFL win: 'No sweeter than to do it against your old team'

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 1:36 am

DETROIT -- The Patriots were expected to roll over the Lions Sunday night, but that was not the case, as the Lions flipped the script and beat the Patriots 26-10, in a game that wasn't even close to what the final score said.

It was also the first career win for Lions head coach Matt Patricia.

"I’m sure it meant a lot. Obviously, his first win as a head coach in the NFL, probably no sweeter than to do it against your old team," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "He has a lot of respect for those guys, we all do in our locker room. They’re a really good football team, well coached. But we needed this one. It was great to have them come into our place on a big stage and be able to do something like that.”

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Patricia and Bill Belichick met at midfield after the game for a brief hug. He became the second member of the Belichick coaching tree to beat him in the first meeting (Josh McDaniels in Denver was the other).

“Honestly, I just wanted to find him and shake his hand," Patricia said. "There were just a lot of people in my way. I have the most respect for Coach Belichick and everything that he does with his program and the way that he coaches his team and everything he taught me. So, I just wanted to find him, I wanted to shake his hand, give him a hug and then go find my team.”

Back in the locker room, it was an exciting atmosphere as the players gave their coach the game ball in honor of his first NFL win.

“It was all joy," running back Kerryon Johnson said. "Not only was that his former team, but that’s a great team. They’ve been great for a while, they’ll continue to be good in the future. So, to get a win over a prominent team in the NFL, over his former team, you can imagine the scene. It was great.”

Both the Patriots and Lions are now 1-2 on the year.

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