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Falcons blasting crowd noise to prepare for Ford Field

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Two weeks ago the Bears were flagged for nine false starts when they played the Lions at Ford Field, leading coach Jim Schwartz to set aside a game ball awarded to the raucous Detroit crowd. Last week the 49ers dealt with the crowd noise slightly better — but still had five false starts and wasted two timeouts trying to get plays called.

The crowd in Detroit, if you hadn’t noticed, is loud.

Now the Falcons are preparing to be the visitors for the Lions’ third straight home game at Ford Field, and they’re doing everything in their power to be ready: According to Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com, the Falcons are practicing with crowd noise piped into the sound system at 124 decibels.

How loud is that? Ear pain usually begins at 125 decibels, while sandblasting or a loud rock concert is estimated at about 115 decibels. The average NFL crowd, Adams says, is 108 decibels.

Of course, the Falcons have already played this year at Seattle, which is regarded by many as the loudest stadium in the league, and they made it through that game without the crowd seeming to have much of an effect. Maybe the Falcons’ offense is impervious to sound, even when it approaches ear-pain territory.

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29 Responses to “Falcons blasting crowd noise to prepare for Ford Field”
  1. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Oct 20, 2011 4:45 PM

    Doesn’t that work like …uh never?

  2. balewsquare says: Oct 20, 2011 5:11 PM

    They’ll damage their own ears so that they can’t hear, regardless of the crowd noise come Sunday.

  3. freewayjim says: Oct 20, 2011 5:16 PM

    Not a Lions fan but props to them and their fans for creating a hostile atmosphere that requires visiting teams to prepare a little differently than they would for most roads games.

    Most coaches would tell you that in the NFL even the slightest edge matters and the Lions seem to have one in addition to the great young talent they have accumulated.

  4. citynative says: Oct 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    While playing the Lions, also prepare for:
    1) An antagonistic coach
    2) Fans who whine about the refs
    3) Calvin Johnson pushing off on every play

  5. kriswd40 says: Oct 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    You know what would be a more sensible and safe option? Just have the players all wear earplugs. The problem is they can’t hear each other over the crowd noise… you can do that in ways other than adding more noise.

  6. motorcitykitties says: Oct 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    Good luck with that, we’ll just drink more.

  7. balewsquare says: Oct 20, 2011 5:29 PM

    I feel bad for Jahvid Best. Exciting rebirth of a team, exciting player. Terrible to put a damper on either of those. Coming from a Bears fan.

  8. 504in860 says: Oct 20, 2011 5:35 PM

    They should do it for home games, because the Georgia Dome is the quietest in the league.

  9. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 20, 2011 5:49 PM

    Yea, those bandwagons can sound pretty loud when they banging next to each other.

    I remember either last year or two years ago. The Lions QB had to use a silent count at home against us (because so many Bears fans made the trip out). Amazing how they can pack that place.

    As far as the team is concerned on the field, I’m happy for their success. That city needs something to root for. I have friends in the D and they say aside from Sundays that city is depressing.

  10. spartaninnh says: Oct 20, 2011 6:20 PM

    Excellent! Now the Falcons will all be deaf for the game!

    Bitter, bitter Bears fans……See you Week 10, no worries.

  11. binkystevens says: Oct 20, 2011 6:25 PM

    It’s a tough comparison to talk about a fanbase being loud when they play in the warm, friendly confines of a dome with a roof over their heads. As a rule, I have NO respect for any NFL franchise which plays indoors – yes, both Lions and Falcons.

    And while I’m at it, why do they call it Cowboy Stadium? Stadiums are, by definition, outdoors.

  12. m2karateman says: Oct 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    citynative says: Oct 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    While playing the Lions, also prepare for:
    1) An antagonistic coach
    2) Fans who whine about the refs
    3) Calvin Johnson pushing off on every play
    ———————————————–
    Right…whose being whiny now? And let’s count the number of times…..
    1) Calvin gets held down field, without a call
    2) Suh gets held along the line, without a call
    3) The refs make phantom calls this year, against ANY team…..

    Yeah…thought so. Next contestant.

  13. m2karateman says: Oct 20, 2011 6:35 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 20, 2011 5:49 PM

    Yea, those bandwagons can sound pretty loud when they banging next to each other.

    I remember either last year or two years ago. The Lions QB had to use a silent count at home against us (because so many Bears fans made the trip out). Amazing how they can pack that place.

    As far as the team is concerned on the field, I’m happy for their success. That city needs something to root for. I have friends in the D and they say aside from Sundays that city is depressing.
    —————————————————
    I didn’t see too many Bears Bandwagons parked outside at Ford Field when your guys got SMOKED!

    And I strongly suspect there won’t be too many Bears Bandwagons showing up at Soldier Field in week 10 when you get your butts handed to you again.

    Oh…and I doubt you have any friends, in Detroit or elsewhere…unless you count the ones you stalk.

  14. jackwar says: Oct 20, 2011 7:13 PM

    Every team blasts crowd noise to prepare for every game.

  15. natelan69 says: Oct 20, 2011 7:21 PM

    The decline of the Lions has begun.

    Don’t act so surprised, we all knew it would happen eventually.

  16. honolulubluekoolaid says: Oct 20, 2011 8:17 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Oct 20, 2011 5:49 PM
    Yea, those bandwagons can sound pretty loud when they banging next to each other.

    I remember either last year or two years ago. The Lions QB had to use a silent count at home against us (because so many Bears fans made the trip out). Amazing how they can pack that place.

    As far as the team is concerned on the field, I’m happy for their success. That city needs something to root for. I have friends in the D and they say aside from Sundays that city is depressing.
    ————————–

    Ok there perpetual Lions Basher, you are in no way happy for the success of the Lions. I personally read your posts before the season began. If remember correctly you always accused lions fans of bringing up last years game against the bears, and saying fans of good teams don’t need to do that. Well guess what….who is on here talking about last years games? Also, you obviously have no friends in Detroit, there is no such thing as a Bandwagon Lions fan from the Detroit area! Maybe a 12 yr old in LA, but not here. I have been a season ticket holder even through the 0-16 year. The only difference this year is we have something to cheer for.

    I suggest you not talk about things you know nothing about.

  17. honolulubluekoolaid says: Oct 20, 2011 8:20 PM

    SUH SQUAD!!!!!!!

  18. americankris says: Oct 20, 2011 8:32 PM

    Lions 3 game losing streak

    book it

  19. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 20, 2011 8:44 PM

    Well we know it doesn’t get loud in Atlanta, not this year.

  20. garyman1 says: Oct 20, 2011 10:26 PM

    Fine, go ahead and blast that crowd noise….but you might want to consider running a 2 tight end set to protect your quarterback against that pass rush.

  21. bigboi30 says: Oct 20, 2011 10:31 PM

    Funny how we go 9-0 and we get no respect. We loose a game where the refs were involved way to much. Bad calls, phantom calls, and no calls, either team git into rythme. It took a 4th n goal to get it in for the win and that almost didnt happen. But its done over with. Dumb band wagon fans can get lost and stop talking about a Lions 16-0 season. Seriously, it makes us true Lion fans look bad. Ask any fan, any true Lion fan, we enjoyed the ride but we knew we would loose somewhere. Now for you idiots that bash us and think we are going to bomb the rest of the year, let me tell you something that only true Lions fans know. That lost to the 49ers didnt break us, it only pissed us off more. Even in the 0-16 season we were in most of those games. No matter how far ahead, no matter how far we may be behind. Wether were 0-16 or 16-0. There is no quit in our Lions. We will throw it down your throat and put you.on your a** every second of every game. So use speakers, trick plays, diagrams, and game film all you want, if your not prepared to go to war for 60 min. You will go home broken and crying. You can never stop us, you can only hope to contain us. DETROIT: KEEP IT LOUD AND KEEP IT PROUD!!!!

  22. ihatethejets23 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:07 PM

    I’m not happy for their success and couldn’t care less about the city of Detroit or their bandwagon fans. Go Falcons!

  23. goldrush36 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:53 PM

    Schwartz is still focused on the 49ers…… Don’t be surprised at an upset

  24. goldrush36 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:57 PM

    Not to be mean, but I think they only have to go to war 55 minutes. You have to admit, there was absolutely no hurry in Stafford’s hurry up offense. Then again Atlanta’s overall front 7 isn’t exactly on the same level either though.

  25. rjkilla says: Oct 21, 2011 12:38 AM

    it’s rarely the crowd noise itself that gets to players…it’s the combination of down and distance, the score, the crowd, and the guy lined up across from you

  26. hairpie says: Oct 21, 2011 12:59 AM

    Yeah, the Colts did that for years and won a ton of games…… oh, they are doing BEFORE the game and not DURING????

    nevermind.

  27. jimmysee says: Oct 21, 2011 3:26 AM

    Atlanta is another challenge for the Loins.

    What doesn’t break you only makes you stronger.

    Welcome, Detroit, to the sunny side of the NFL!

  28. redruckus81 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:28 PM

    This isnt about us Lions fans being bandwagoners… its about finally having something to cheer about.

  29. honolulubluekoolaid says: Oct 21, 2011 10:15 PM

    ihatethejets23 says:
    Oct 20, 2011 11:07 PM
    I’m not happy for their success and couldn’t care less about the city of Detroit or their bandwagon fans. Go Falcons!
    ————-

    At least you are honest! I can respect that, but let me be honest…..the city of Detroit and it’s true fans (no bandwagon here) that have been there through the lowest of the Lows, could not care less what people think of us.

    That said, here is some education for you. This is not the first time the Lions have been 5-1 and it will not be the last. I think it’s funny when people call Lions fans bandwagon fans! It an oxy-moron, and impossible. Around here (Detroit) we refer to our fandom as “drinking the Koolaid” as we usually get hyped in the preseason and “think this year will finally be different”. What you all are seeing this season is the team finally living up to the hype (so far) and how crazy the fans get when they are sucessful.

    This not 1991 (last season Lions won a Playoff game):
    The team is not counting on Scott Mitchell/Eric Kramer to lead the team and throwing jump balls to Herman Moore. We don’t have a RB like Barry Sanders. We are not yelling at Wayne Fontes’ coaching. We are not watching Bennie Blades, Jerry Ball and Chris Spielman takin it to other teams passing game, or Mel Gray run one back, and Eddie Murray kicking a field goal to win it.

    But it is 20 yrs later, we have a better arm at QB in Stafford, I give the edge to Calvin Johnson over Moore anyday. Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril, Vanden Bosh, Tulloch and Delmas are younger and have more upside than our D back then. There has only been one kicker since Eddie Murray, Hanson and he is still playing. Stefan Logan reminds me alot of a young Mel Gray. The one thing we do not have is a Barry Sanders, and no one has had a Barry Sanders since!

    My point is that we are excited for a reason, this is the best team the Lions have fielded since 1991. And this team is younger overall! The Lions will be getting better every season for the next few years.
    Good luck to everyone else!

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