The rebranded Washington Football Team winning its first game under head coach Ron Rivera, who is battling cancer, was a good enough story in and of itself, but quarterback Dwayne Haskins apparently added to the theatrics on Sunday.
As Washington went into the locker room at halftime down 17-7, Rivera went to receive a pre-planned precautionary IV. This gave Haskins the opportunity to address the team himself.
"Pretty much the moral of the speech was, 'We're home. We're the home team. They're the visitors," said Haskins, per NFL.com. "There's no reason why we should be feeling like we're little bro to them in a sense. For me, it was find a way to win."
The rest is history as Washington's defense set the tone and the team completed a 27-0 unanswered run in the franchise's first season-opening win since 2014.
"I told one of our operations guys somebody's going to have to make sure somebody steps up to the podium," Rivera said. "Dwayne stepped up and it was a pretty ruckus one from what I understand."
Chase Young, who had 1.5 sacks in his NFL debut, said Haskins' speech certainly had an affect on him.
"It definitely hyped us up in the locker room, for sure," Young said. "I know the speech that he gave, I took it to heart. I know a lot of people in the locker room took it to heart, as well."