Because wins are few and far between these days for the Patriots, locker room celebration videos are more exciting than ever. They're becoming even more prized as the weeks go on, knowing that as the end of the season nears, so are the chances of hearing a good ol', "Aww yeah!" led by Matthew Slater after another Patriots win.
It has been six weeks since the last time fans were able to celebrate a win, which was an exciting game against the Bills. And now they continue their rivalry and domination over the Steelers with a big win on the road and on a short week, providing us with just the third victory video of the season.
It was posted on the team's social media not long after both teams exited the field, and although it very much followed the typical script we've grown accustomed to in the past, Slater opened it with a great one-liner.
"Coach, been in this place a lot of times, man; ain't afraid of no towels, now!"
The days of hard-hitting Patriots/Steelers football led by Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger may be long gone, but that rivalry still runs deep in a guy like Slater, making his opening to the celebration even more epic.
And even though it is a time to be happy about adding another week to the win column, it also brings the realization of how close we are to likely seeing Slater suit up with the team for the last time or even hearing him speak to the team after a win. It's an inevitable feat that has been speculated for a few years now, but the idea of it being right around the corner is a little bit heartbreaking.
Slater will be another pillar of the Patriots dynasty to retire in the last few years, moving the Patriots even further away from their incredible two-decade domination over the entire NFL. That's what makes this win more significant and desired, even if you were hoping they would lose out the rest of the season.