Bill Belichick compared the foggy Falcons game to a moment from his first year in the NFL

"Once the ball left his foot, you had no idea whether it was good or not good."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches the action in the fog from the sidelines.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches the action in the fog from the sidelines. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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While most football fans watching the fog at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night were reminded of the 1988 “Fog Bowl” between the Eagles and Bears, Bill Belichick thought of an even older comparison.

The Patriots coach, whose legendary NFL career began as a Baltimore Colts assistant in 1975, explained in the postgame press conference that the fog his team encountered during the 23-7 victory over the Falcons was similar to a moment from his first year in the NFL.

“Not the most normal situation,” Belichick explained, “but in my first year in the league with Baltimore in ’75 when we beat Miami to – well, it didn’t clinch the playoffs, but it put us pretty close – in Baltimore. The final kick came down to Toni Linhart. It was about a 40-yard field goal. And you could see the line of scrimmage. You could see the two teams line up for the field goal. But once the ball left his foot, you had no idea whether it was good or not good. You had to wait for the officials’ signal. So that was the first year. I haven’t had anything that bad since.”

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Belichick concluded by saying that “it wasn’t that bad down on the field.”

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