Every football fan attending a game understands the importance of being loud. Part of the excitement of a live game at the NFL level is the ability to use your voice to impact the game or fuel the players of your team to reach deep and do what they need to pull out a win.
The Falcons put this theory to the test in Sunday's win over the Seahawks and the Falcons fans passed with flying colors.
In the week leading up to Sunday's game, head coach Mike Smith led a Falcons charge to the media encouraging every fan in attendance to be ready to roll at kickoff and be as loud as possible (at the right times) from there on out. The result left many fans with ringing ears when one of the most exciting conclusions in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs ever came to fruition. Smith himself said it took him about a day and a half before his ears fully returned to normal and he felt the crowd noise was a big factor in the win.
The home Georgia Dome crowd unofficially reached a decibel level of 107 before the game even began, reaching that highpoint when wide receiver
Players spoke of the edge they felt Atlanta's crowd gave them following the game.
“It was crazy," linebacker
The loudest point prior to the end of the game came in the second quarter when
“The 12th man is a big part (of the game)," linebacker
Tracking of decibels didn't occur in the moments after
The players spoke of being most impressed with how early the fans arrived to the stadium. The sell-out crowd, as the Julio Jones introduction response can attest to, was ready to go well before kickoff.
“That’s the most packed I’ve seen it so early,"
The dome-crowd advantage the Falcons gain is invaluable. Since 2008 under Smith, the Falcons are 34-7 at home, good for the top home record in the NFC and second in the NFL to only the Baltimore Ravens. The homefield advantage inside the Georgia Dome was a topic of conversation with the media all week and the players repeatedly expressed how excited the fans made them and they're looking forward to a repeat performance.
“That’s the goal," Peterson said. "We’re urging the fans to get in there early again and keep it real, real loud. We’re going to need you this week.”