The wild word of Covid sports continues. I got my first look at the NFL in this new time last weekend for a game at Gillette Stadium between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. The state of things couldn’t be more different from what I’m used to covering over the years out there. No Tom, no fans, and basically no access. But, I tried to make the best of what we were given, and here are some results taken for Getty Images.
Here is a quick gallery of features from last weekend’s Sunday Night Football Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. I was on hand editing for the Getty Images Sport team, but had a few free moments to take some features of the heavy fog that fell over the stadium. It made conditions slightly more difficult on our shooters, but also provided a neat opportunity for some art that we usually don’t see in Foxboro.
Looking forward to another game this weekend.
Last week, I was lucky to have the opportunity to photograph the New England Patriots 2017 opener against the Kansas City Chiefs for The Players’ Tribune. The game had been hyped up for weeks ahead of time, as the Patriots were set to unveil their fifth Super Bowl Championship banner. In addition, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was set to make an appearance at the game in the wake of ‘Deflategate,’ so the night was rich with storylines to cover. Ultimately, the Chiefs got the last laugh, as they defeated the Patriots 42-27.
I had a great time shooting on my first assignment for The Players’ Tribune. I didn’t have any specific requirements, so I had the freedom to take risks and shoot with a blank slate. Here’s a gallery of some favorites in black and white.
A big thanks to the team at TPT for having me on board! And a shoutout to my friend Dave in town from Baltimore, who I had to bail on last minute to shoot the game. 10 years later you finally made it on the blog.
Here are some images from Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro today for this first time since serving his suspension from the National Football League. I covered the Patriots’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals for Getty Images.
Nothing too crazy in the way of action or reaction from my side of the field, the visitor’s side. The Patriots shut this one down pretty quickly in the second half, and many of the New England jubilation moments happened on the far side.
It felt great to be shooting football! I’m hoping to shoot more games this season.
I was lucky enough to be asked to come out and assist for Sports Illustrated during last Sunday night’s classic match up between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The storyline was clear: two of the best quarterbacks of all time battling it out in front of a national Sunday Night Football audience on the windiest, coldest night of the year in New England.
The game lived up to all the hype, although it didn’t seem that way at the end of the first half. Peyton Manning and the Broncos came out on fire, shutting out Tom Brady and the Patriots 24-0 through the first half.
I don’t follow football to the extent that I do some other sports, but I know enough to never count out Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots’ ability to make adjustments mid-game. I knew they’d make things interesting in the second half, and sure enough, the Patriots came roaring back, forced the game to overtime, and won on a 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
What a game, not just for what happened on the field, but for the conditions we all were working in. This was the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced, and despite my endless layers of clothing, it was impossible to keep completely warm. With the wind chill, temperatures hovered around five degrees all game.
It wasn’t comfortable, and it wasn’t easy to work in, but as a photographer out there, you can’t be distracted by the conditions. That’s just part of the job sometimes.