Tom Brady: Fog looked cool on TV, but didn’t affect much

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The fog rolled into Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to give a different look to the matchup between the Patriots and Falcons than we got when they met at Super Bowl LI in Houston in February.

While any appearance of fog calls to mind the “Fog Bowl” between the Eagles and Bears in Chicago during the playoffs after the 1988 season, conditions never reached the pea soup visibility of that game. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said it “was definitely more difficult” to see the ball on deep throws, but that it didn’t change anything about the way the game was played. 

That was the general assessment of players on both teams, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“And, yeah, the fog — that was crazy,” Brady said in comments distributed by the team. “I have never seen that. It was just so still out there. The fog had no place to go. I don’t think it affected much, really, at the end of the day. I’m sure it looked cool on TV, though.”

Coach Bill Belichick noted it was more difficult for coaches in the booth upstairs than it was on the field and compared it to a game during his first year in the NFL with the Colts in 1975 that ended with a Toni Linhart field goal in overtime that no one off the field could see sailing through the uprights.

Things never got that bad on Sunday night, but one never knows when the fog might make another, more aggressive appearance at an NFL game.

26 responses to “Tom Brady: Fog looked cool on TV, but didn’t affect much

  1. No, it wasn’t cool and yes it reminded me of the Fog Bowl which only irritated me… still bitter. 🙂

  2. Part of the reason those other games looked so bad was because they relied on more distant telephoto lenses on the video cameras. By contrast last night we had that much closer overhead camera (which they should use more often). But each time they showed us what little the normal stadium cameras showed (and what little the commentators could naturally see) and it was near white-out.

  3. .
    It’s difficult to get a Toni Linhart reference into a story these day. But, leave it to Belichick.
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  4. I like how the fog forced the network to use the SkyCam vantage point much, much more than it’s ever used in a game broadcast. To get multiple plays in a row run and giving you the view right behind and above Brady and Ryan was a nice touch.

  5. negadelphianinjersey says:
    October 23, 2017 at 9:59 am
    Fog bowl 3. Doesn’t anyone remember the 96 arc championship fog ? Of that’s right, no one was watching the Patriots before 2001.

    Well since they have sold out every seat since Parcells arrived and they went to the SB in 96 (and 86 as well) I’d say you’re off target. No surprise. Grasping at straws.

  6. “Cool on TV? I’m a huge Tom Brady fan, but the novelty of “cool” wore off after 5 seconds.”

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    Yeah, but the still photos from last night look amazing.

  7. imonfire2niteoyeah says:
    October 23, 2017 at 8:45 am
    Cheaters had fog machines going full blast to block atlantas view.

    wib22 says:
    October 23, 2017 at 9:02 am
    Well it did for the falcons, tommy, so maybe thank your cheating coach for that again
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    The same lame trolls who just can’t get over the fact that the ENTIRE Patriots Organization is better than their teams!

    Belichick owns so much space in your heads that now you actually BELIEVE he can change the weather! Too funny, but thanks for the laughs this morning.

  8. “Cheaters had fog machines going full blast to block atlantas view.
    Well it did for the falcons, tommy, so maybe thank your cheating coach for that again.”

    The plain and simple insanity of you people. Documented fog is now somehow “cheating”

    SMH and double facepalm

  9. Belichick owns Dan Quinn and Matt Ryan is hot garbage. The Falcons should really consider drafting a QB like the Chiefs did.

  10. Brady is a medium and short range passing specialist of course it wouldn’t affect him. Now Matt Ryan trying to lob it up deep in fog that’s the sign of a desperate quarterback.

  11. I was at the Pats vs Steelers playoff game in 1997 in the old Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxborough Stadium and the fog wasn’t bad on the field but you couldn’t see the scoreboard.
    Now that Schaefer Beer commercial is in my head. “Schaefer is the one beer to have when your having more than one”.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    October 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Belichick owns Dan Quinn and Matt Ryan is hot garbage. The Falcons should really consider drafting a QB like the Chiefs did.

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    Why? Alex Smith is having his best year ever. And Matt Ryan was pretty good last night, by far the best performer on the Falcons side of the ball. If Bryant hits those two FG’s and he usually does, the second half would have played out much differently. Ryan is definitely not as good as he was last year but he is definitely better than most of the QB’s other teams are rolling out every week.

  13. “Brady is a medium and short range passing specialist of course it wouldn’t affect him”

    Funny because last time I checked Brady is leading the league in completions of 20+ yards in the air this season, and was number 2 last year. But hey, when actual facts don’t meet your narrative just ignore them, right?

  14. patsfan1820 says:

    October 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Brady is a medium and short range passing specialist of course it wouldn’t affect him. Now Matt Ryan trying to lob it up deep in fog that’s the sign of a desperate quarterback.

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    Brady was second in the NFL in yards per attempt last year and is third this year. And his deep ball this year has been the his best since ’07. Ryan throwing lobs is because he has big, athletic receivers like Jones and Sanu. The fog wasn’t nearly as heavy on the field as it was looking down on the field.

  15. Fog shmog… Wait a few more weeks until the next time they get to play in Foxboro in a snow storm. That really does make a difference in the game, both from a visual standpoint and also footing and grip.

    But in any weather situation its the same handicap for both teams. Whoever is better prepared for it gets the upper hand. Or maybe the league should mandate teams all play indoors?

    NOT!

  16. One of the reasons Dome teams are vulnerable, is they are used to playing / practicing in perfect, climate controlled conditions. When they have to play in something other than that, they can struggle because it’s not what they’re accustomed to. The Pats ( and others ) who practice in all weather conditions have the upper hand. Domes are pretty, but they produce softer teams.

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