Kyle Van Noy reminds media it counted team out during season

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 6:15 am

ATLANTA — Kyle Van Noy doesn’t forget.

There were many points during the 2018 season where the Patriots were counted out by a number of people. There was the 1-2 start, the horrible loss in Tennessee in November, and then late back-to-back road losses in Weeks 15 and 16.

But in the end, the Patriots defense played its best when it matter most, especially in the three playoff games when it beat the No. 6 (Chargers), No. 1 (Chiefs) and No. 2 (Rams) ranked offenses in football. 

The run was capped off Sunday night with a 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

“Some of you counted us out and we're here again as the champions and it feels good,” Van Noy said at a riser immediately following the game.

The unit held the Rams offense to only 62 rushing yards, the second-fewest it had all season, and also had Jared Goff rattled for much of the game. The defense got consistent pressure combined with great coverage down field.

“I think we felt like if we stopped the run and put it into [Goff’s] hands, it played in our advantage,” he said. “We had a good game-plan and we did it our fundamentals and we just dug deep."

When asked about what it meant to shut out the No. 2 ranked offense in the first half, he took another dig at the media.

"We still have a bad defense? Like I said earlier, we have elite football players,” he said. “We aren't stars over here. We just show up to work and keep grinding and grinding. It shows. Look at the scoreboard, we're champs again, baby."

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