If you were watching Sunday night’s Super Bowl rematch, you might have had a tough time following the action, and former Alabama WR Julio Jones is questioning the home team’s part in that.
Gillette Stadium, which is known to be foggy, had an extra helping of low visibility — especially in the second half — in what turned out to be a dominant 23-7 win for the New England Patriots over the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
Jones, who became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 8,000 receiving yards, said the defending Super Bowl champs weren’t helping the conditions.
“It didn’t affect me, but it’s crazy though, like, they score and they shoot fireworks off and then it sits high, kind of in the stadium,” Jones told CBS Boston. “So it’s kind of hard, like, if you do get behind, like how can you throw deep balls and things like that, because it’s foggy? I mean, it didn’t affect us at all though. They were just the better team tonight.”
That was evident from the start as the Patriots took a 17-0 lead into halftime and led by as much as 23-0 before Atlanta finally scored with about four minutes left in the game.
Jones was the one who prevented the shutout, humiliating CB Malcolm Butler in the process with this 1-yard TD grab from Matt Ryan.
Julio Jones is a baaaaaaad man.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 23, 2017
The 28-year-old Jones finished the night with 9 catches for 99 yards and that TD. For his career, Jones now has 531 receptions for 8,076 receiving yards and 41 TDs in 85 games played.