FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A couple of hours after the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was rolling in the confetti with his son. The image, albeit blurry, was captured from long range by longtime Patriots reporter Tom E. Curran.
Matt Patricia. On his back. On the field. In the confetti. With his kid. After his last game at Gillette. pic.twitter.com/F96IR10Bqn
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) January 22, 2018
One day later, Patricia explained what he was doing.
"He hasn't really been to a lot of games. He's been to two. So that was kind of his second game and he wanted to go play in the field. So we played a good game of touch football," Patricia relayed. "He beat me 4-0 so he kind of outran me there a little bit and made some good plays on me. I couldn't catch him."
Patricia, who is expected to be named coach of the Detroit Lions, has two sons and a daughter. His wife, Raina, was also on the field after the game.
"Just fun to have him out there running around and just seeing the excitement that he had to be out on the field, that's always just kind of a special little moment for myself and him and my wife," Patricia said.
REALLY COOL MOMENT: Def. coordinator Matt Patricia plays with his wife and son at midfield, with confetti sprinkled on the turf, two hours after the game. It's likely his last night in @GilletteStadium as a @Patriots coach. #AFCChampionship pic.twitter.com/wg8alA9GFt
— David Guildford (@guildford56) January 22, 2018
As for a potential rematch two weeks from now in Minnesota, Patricia played along.
"He's pretty good. He's pretty quick. I might have to try to get in better shape before that happens. We'll see," he said. "I might have to take the physical game to him."