Report: Falcons alleged to have piped in crowd noise, NFL discipline “expected”

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Did the Falcons use canned crowd noise to make the Georgia Dome louder as opposing teams were on offense?

According to a broadcast report, the Falcons are alleged to have done so — and now could face NFL discipline.

On ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Falcons are alleged to have played “artificial” crowd noise as the opposition had the ball in 2013 and 2014. It’s unclear what specific games the allegations span.

According to Schefter, the Falcons’ alleged actions are “expected” to result in NFL discipline, including a fine and even the potential loss of a draft pick for the practice.

The Falcons have cooperated with the NFL’s investigation, the team told ESPN.

According to the report, the Falcons’ game operations department is alleged to have “originated” the noise plan.

The focus now turns to the league’s findings. If the crowd noise allegations are proven and considered a violation of game integrity by the NFL, the Falcons would not figure to get off easily or quietly, given the climate.

198 responses to “Report: Falcons alleged to have piped in crowd noise, NFL discipline “expected”

  1. I thought it appeared louder than usual on opening day this past season. I also knew all of it wasn’t coming from their lukewarm, bandwagon fans.

  2. Awe, the haters will be so disappointed that the Seahawks weren’t the ones piping in crowd noise. Oh well, they’re still all hopped up on PED’s. Every single one of them. Oh, they haven’t had one player busted for PED’s in 2 years? Uhhh, well their fans are really annoying. Yeah, that’s it

  3. Who cares? Everyone dome team does it, even Seattle does it. Why come after the low Falcons? Have they finished with Deflategate or Mr. Blank is too docile and a pushover so this will be handled first before slapping Mr. Kraft on the wrist?

  4. The Falcons front office came from the Patriots so I’m sure the unwashed masses will blame Belichick and demand that he be suspended and the Patriots be fined and lost all their draft picks.

  5. This will be the only article on this matter because it wasn’t alleged against the patriots. No reason to hate the Falcons since they don’t win. Such ridiculous Doble standard.

  6. And the witch hunt has a new focus.

    The NFL will continue to keep fans attention away from just how awful it is.

  7. So nobody will care about this and call the Falcons cheaters or even the Browns cheaters for their sideline cell phone use but everyone jumps on the pats for the deflated balls!!! I guess no one cares when the teams suck!

  8. So what? It’s called Home Field advantage. Cold water, pink paint in visiting locker room, different field dimensions, louder stadiums, hype music/videos… STOP THE MADNESS!!! It’s sports, grow a pair.

  9. “Oh, they haven’t had one player busted for PED’s in 2 years?”

    And still lead the league in ped suspension since Carroll took over lol, not to mention the one dick Sherman weaseled his way out of.

    #asterisk

  10. Isn’t it funny how some teams get investigated after the season and some teams get investigated during the season? Also some players like Laveon Bell and Lagarrett Blount get caught smoking weed by police and nothing happens. But guys like Adrian Peterson or Ray Rice get misdemeanors or no charges and then lose the whole season. There needs to be a fair system in place instead of the NFL taking down whoever they want when they want.

  11. When is Seattle going to get punished? The fake at noise ever. Loud low base sound when opponents are playing, also a high pitched non human sound that runs. Been to 13 stadiums, and that was bad.

  12. Colts did it for years as well. Throw the book at NE, everyone else no problem. Seriously, just tell them to knock it off and move on. Fine ’em, but I think draft picks is going overboard.

    Then again going overboard is the NFL way these days. And of course the leaks spring up before the league issues any statement. There is no integrity in that office. They handle everything through leaks to the media.

    They should start an investigation into where and from who all these leaks are coming from.

    Hey Roger, clean up your own damn house before you start making high and mighty disciplinary actions against everyone else. Your office is a siv of misinformation, innuendo and wild unsubstantiated accusations.

    #FIREGOODELL!!!

  13. Arrowhead Stadium in KC is the undisputed, loudest stadium, and it is an open air stadium.

    Pretty pathetic when a dome team has to pipe in noise

  14. Guess they needed the help with how bad they are.

    Funny post from whinessohard52 whose team was crying about deflated balls in Foxboro….whine so loud they told the Colts and the NFL. The poor loser Ravens need not talk about cheating….just look into their attempt to bury the Rice thing as a “minor” thing….pathetic.

  15. The Redskins’ own fans pointed out that noise was being pumped into their last home playoff game, and even had supporting video. Seems odd no one investigated or fined over that.

  16. The NFL was able to tell they were piping in noise when the other team had the ball because there actually was noise.

  17. Seattle has an entire stadium specifically designed to amplify crowd noise. That’s not illegal but this is?

  18. joetoronto says:
    Feb 1, 2015 11:16 AM

    They need to get after the Seahawks too about this, it’s just to obvious.
    **************
    And I suppose they piped in noise at last year’s Super Bowl too? MetLife stadium was rocking and I can guarantee you it wasn’t the Broncos’ fans!

  19. Why should one team have more crowd noise than another? Why should seattle have higher decibels than atlanta? According to soetoro, it’s about having a fair shot.

  20. Science will prove this wrong. When the humidity is high like it is in Georgia, sound travels farther. The announcers mic was just picking up crowd noise and repeating it through the PA system.
    Hey, it’s worth a try, it’s working in NE.

  21. to all the haters that say the seahawks pipe in crowd noise, explain to everybody why last years Super Bowl was so loud in the seahawks favor? and since this years Super Bowl in being played in arizona, it’s going to be even louder. 27-20 seahawks

  22. You do understand that Seattle’s stadium was constructed to be loud to provide the home team a competitive advantage. I’m not complaining just stating a fact. So, the “All Natural” label is about honest as the one on your potato chip bag.

  23. There was no proof that the Colts piped in crowd noise.
    The only time it was proven, the Colts were not at fault.
    CBS Sports was responsible, and CBS took the blame for it.

  24. So the Falcons cheat like the Colts did for years, affecting teams DURING GAMES and we are talking about 11 footballs losing .5 psi during a blowout playoff game? This league is a disgrace.

  25. Who cares. The same league deiced 2 years ago it’s OK to play sirens, lame music, and have the nimrod PA announcer yelling at the crowd to make noise.

    Yes, you have to cut the speakers at 20 seconds on the play clock, but you can still artificially disrupt the other team legally.

  26. Go to a game at the clink and tell me it’s piped in. I have. I’ve also been to the ga done and was very disappointed with the crowd noise. Very quiet in that dome when the Hawks played em in 2012. Maybe that’s why they piped in the noise.

  27. The league won’t discipline the Patriots but I am sure they will hand down a penalty on the Falcons.. What a big joke.. I also find it funny that NBC, ESPN or the NFL Network don’t even report for 5 minutes on the fact that Aaron Hernandez is sitting in a jail cell four years after he was playing in the Super Bowl. Not once have they mentioned it.. The networks are in bed with the league. It’s a complete joke..

  28. And as for arrowhead, it can get very loud but seattle has more sustained noise. I’ve been to both and can attest to that. In the end, every stadium can be loud if the fans want it that way. And as for supposed cheating, the best two teams are in the Super Bowl, that’s all that matters.

  29. the queens did it ever since they built that marshmellow until the day they tore it down, just saying

  30. The Vikings did this for years at the Metrodome. Mike Holmgren said they went as far as to place the speakers directly behind the opponent’s benches right on the sideline.

  31. bencoates57 says:
    Feb 1, 2015 11:08 AM

    As long as the Patriots didn’t do it, I don’t care.

    ******************************

    A sentiment shared by millions of hypocritical meathead football fans around the country. A bunch of crybabies who can’t stand that fact that the Patriots have dominated this league for the past 15 years.

    Have some intellectual honesty mouth-breathers. Where are the “Falcons cheat!!!” chants??? (And Vikings, and Aaron Rodgers, while we’re at it…)

    Thus endeth the lesson.

    Patriots 34
    Seachickens 13

  32. If the crowd noise allegations are proven and considered a violation of game integrity by the NFL, the Falcons would not figure to get off easily or quietly, given the climate.
    Roger doesn’t seem all that interested in proof for other alledged violations, but this requires proof?

  33. The way Atlanta played the past few years it’s obvious they don’t understand how this works and they turned up the volume when they were playing Offense.

  34. Its amazing Seattle broke practice rules yet that never gets brought up. how they have became the good guy in this Super Bowl is a neat trick

  35. I’m confident that the league will have a thorough investigation and be very transparent and concrete in it’s analysis and findings, because the integrity of the game is paramount.

    Haha, right. They’re going to screw this one up to.

  36. @flashpatterson: Blount got caught doing something that is legal in a lot of states, Peterson and Rice physically abused a woman and child – BIG DIFFERENCE THERE.

  37. I love how some of you don’t shy away from you low intelligence. The NFL has investigated crowd noise in Seattle for years, showing up unannounced and have proven over and over that it’s all natural. You hate us cuz you ain’t us. It’s natural, it’s ok.

  38. And again, who cares….

    Seriously, this is just stupid. I am almost compelled to think that the media has had all this information for a while, and are just waiting to flood the news with stupid stuff like this.

    IMO, #mediagate

  39. I know they had fake crowd noise pumping through the speakers where I was sitting. It was very apparent. Everyone in the section were commenting on it throughout the game.

  40. Falcons pipe in crowd noise
    Browns use illegal communication on sidelines
    Jets tamper with Revis
    Vikings warm balls up on the sidelines
    Seahawks illegal practices

    None of those get 1/100th the attention of Patriots footballs obeying the laws of Physics.
    #Theyhateuscausetheyaintus

  41. I know they had fake crowd noise pumping through the speakers where I was sitting during the Browns game. It was very apparent. Everyone in the section were commenting on it throughout the game.

  42. scmems07 says:
    Feb 1, 2015 11:18 AM
    “Oh, they haven’t had one player busted for PED’s in 2 years?”

    And still lead the league in ped suspension since Carroll took over lol, not to mention the one dick Sherman weaseled his way out of.
    ________

    Except they don’t. Nice try though. Keep trolling.

  43. FlashPatterson says:

    Feb 1, 2015 11:19 AM

    Isn’t it funny how some teams get investigated after the season and some teams get investigated during the season? Also some players like Laveon Bell and Lagarrett Blount get caught smoking weed by police and nothing happens. But guys like Adrian Peterson or Ray Rice get misdemeanors or no charges and then lose the whole season. There needs to be a fair system in place instead of the NFL taking down whoever they want when they want.

    —————————
    Let’s put your analysis to the test. Your daughter is married. Would you rather the husband get arrested for beating your daughter/grandchild or for smoking dope? Sure, “neither” is preferred. But you have to play along and select one. Most would agree one is much more serious and deserves a harsher punishment than the other (I won’t give any hints as to which one).

  44. Imagine if it was the Patriots…. People would be calling for asterix, the firing of BB, etc etc. imagine if it was the Pats under investigation for cell phones on the sideline

  45. The cheating pats, namely Brady cried like a baby every time they played the Colts in the dome accusing the same allegation. You can be sure the NFL found no grounds for the accusation as Brady and the pats get what ever they ask for including the ability to cheat with zero consequences or minor slap on the wrist! So I suggest you pats fans clean your own closest first and stop making false allegations!

  46. Listen, as a Falcons fan the reason why we had to pipe in fake crowd noise is to drawn out the actual crowd who was yelling bad things at the Falcons team. No one wants to hear on tv what the crowd was actually saying the last 2 years. Some teams put bags on their heads, we scream obcenities at our own team. Deal With It.
    I say crank it up!

  47. And Rapoport just reported that only a couple of the Pats balls were below 12.5 and the only one significantly below was the one the Colts intercepted and then doctored themselves. Pats are gonna have a field day in libel lawsuits!

  48. They’ll be penalizing the Falcons hard because literally nobody cares about them. If it was a marquee team, el wristo slappo.

  49. Feb 1, 2015 12:06 PM
    The Bucs used holograms of fans to make it look like the stadium was half full.

    ———————————————————
    Not that ther is dang puny.

    Notice how they now paint the seats the color of the team jerseys so it looks like the stadiums are full.

    The thing I find funny is the Packers stadium is one of the quietest in football and its always packed.

  50. Bill Polian gets elected to the Hall of Fame. His greatest achievement – the Colts beating the Patriots in the 2006 AFC Championship game, allowing them to defeat the weak Bears’ team in the Superbowl. Polian’s three keys to win the game, 1. change the rules so that Patriots players can’t touch Manning’s receivers, 2. cranking up the heat in the RCA Dome on a flu-ridden Patriots team, 3. Piping in crowd noise to slow down the Patriots offense. All this and the Colts just squeak by. Any success with the Bills, you can attribute to Marv Levy, as Polian does himself. Polian in Canton is a joke.

  51. To all of the adolescents who complain and pout about the Clink being design to amplify crowd noise-you’re right. But to think that every other stadium in the league wasn’t-you’re naïve. Architectural acoustics is nothing new (check out theories regarding Stonehenge). Nearly EVERY large venue in the WORLD is designed with acoustics in mind because they are used for other purposes besides just football. Besides, the Kingdome was as loud or louder. This has only become an issue in recent years due to our home record since the Clink was built.

  52. The Vikes pumped sound in the stadium for years in the Humpty dome. They got caught once but would always do it when the other team had a critical third down to make and needed to audible.

    There is so much cheating go on you can’t count in on eleven toes. Of is it 12 toes?

  53. Everyone preorder your Pats 2015 Champs gear now! This game is a wrap. I doesn’t even have a chance to be close. The world is against us and we will dominate. This will be so sweet. Can’t wait to see the frowns of the Seahawks on the sidelines at the end of the game. I’m going to record the post-game pressers so I can completely soak in Seattle’s anguish. We laugh at you. You actually think you belong here? Wow.

  54. I watched their first regular season game against the Saints this season and thought it sounded very loud for their flaccid fan base. Cheaters…….and with no Lombardi Trophy to boot. Failcons! LOL

  55. So IF this is true THIS doesn’t matter as much as air pressure in balls because Atlanta doesn’t win enough? Another example of selective outrage.

  56. You mean other teams cheat too besides the Patriots. I am SHOCKED. Actually the Patriots never cheated because EVERY team was videotaping and EVERY team plays fast and loose with football inflation and the NFL doesn’t care. Brady likes his footballs under-inflated and Aaron Rodgers likes his over-inflated and no one could care less because the NFL has never enforced the rule on football air pressure and has constantly looked the other way until Jim Harbaugh started whining about it.

  57. And in other news (which Florio will of course ignore), the NFL Network just reported that only one of the balls was two pounds under. A few were one pound under and the rest were barely under at all. And the equipment guy who used the restroom was an “elderly” man. What a mess. The NFL should be ashamed of itself.

  58. The Audubon Society wants the name “Falcons” removed from the team for CHEATING.

    They also demand the team be moved to London.

  59. There are several teams that try to create an artificial atmosphere to give the impression of something greater than it is. The Vikings do it. Always have. Two seasons ago they inadvertently turned it on during halftime. I was there. I heard it. Oops!

  60. Uh, I’ll wager that a lot of teams in a lot of sports do this. Ever watch a NBA game and see maybe 4000 people in the arena yet it’s rocking like 15000 are there…same can be said for a number of NFL venues. But I guess it should get quiet like golf until the ball is snapped….except for the one guy who yells, “Go Tiger!”

  61. Falcons should have consulted the most cheating franchise in the NFL…the Cheathawks….they could have given them cheating tips on many things

  62. Yet the Colts did this for years and no punishment. Seems rather odd doesn’t it? Oh and for those saying the Seahawks pipe in crowd noise technically that’s not accurate they built the stadium to amplify the crowd noise so it isn’t artificial that’s just good building.

  63. Here’s the difference between the Colts and the Falcons: Ed Werder said the Colts did in their old dome, without any evidence or multiple sources (Journalism 101) to back it up. The NFL investigated the Colts and found nothing.

  64. Here is the thing you all missed… It is not against the NFL Rules. It may be in bad taste, it may offer more home field advantage, but nothing in the rule books.

    So, lets get back to the Patriots DeflateGate because that IS outright cheating and clearly outlined in the Rules.

  65. ncphinsfan says:
    Feb 1, 2015 12:39 PM

    “Here is the thing you all missed… It is not against the NFL Rules. It may be in bad taste, it may offer more home field advantage, but nothing in the rule books.”

    Then how can they face discipline?

  66. This is worse than spygate which had no effect on a game. Pumping in extra crowd noise disrupts the other teams offense which has a direct effect on the games. Too bad the Falcons suck so much they can’t take advantage of it. Of course the Seahawks take advantage of their enhanced noise. Will the Falcons get a big fine and lose a first round draft pick like Pats. They had better.

  67. ncphinsfan says:
    Feb 1, 2015 12:39 PM
    Here is the thing you all missed… It is not against the NFL Rules. It may be in bad taste, it may offer more home field advantage, but nothing in the rule books.

    So, lets get back to the Patriots DeflateGate because that IS outright cheating and clearly outlined in the Rules.

    ________________________

    wow seriously…..if the Pats cheated then the world must be coming to an end since it would mean the laws of the universe aren’t working anymore.

    Signed,
    A Steelers fan who knows a witch hunt when she sees one!!

  68. hairpie2 says:
    Feb 1, 2015 11:35 AM
    So the Falcons cheat like the Colts did for years, affecting teams DURING GAMES and we are talking about 11 footballs losing .5 psi during a blowout playoff game? This league is a disgrace.
    ________________

    Patsie Boy crying again………..
    Your team are cheaters.
    Deal with it.

  69. Somewhere Ted Wells is salivating. If he can get on this investigation as well, he can bill the NFL until Christmas and at that time come out with TWO vague findings reports.

  70. If this is true, then throw the book at them as this is deff. Cause an advantage unlike psi in footballs….but I hope the discipline will be fair in if they are the only team to do this VS they are one of many….and one other thought this could have been done without the auth of the Falcons…well Blank is another Jerry Jones so who knows

  71. Peyton Manning’s only title is tainted because his team did the same thing against the Patriots in the playoffs.

  72. Where is the outrage about the ‘integrity of the game’? If this was the Patriots the NFL world would come to a stop.

  73. The league is doing everything it can to steer us away from DeflateGate.

    ITS NOT GOING TO WORK! BeliCheat is a 2nd time offender! Time to take that bull by the Horns!

  74. Cheatlanta. Blah. Blah. Blah.

    Once a cheater, always a cheater. Blah. Blah. Blah.

    Signed,
    Every fan from every team that’s ever lost to the Falcons

    (Feel free to substitute any other team that gets accused of something)

  75. Man ther are some uneducated people on here. Seattle stadium designs helps HOLD crowd noise better than a traditional open air stadium but it DOESNT amplify or hold noise BETTER than a dome!!

  76. Indy’s been doing this for years

    Honestly as a fan I just accept it – these knee jerk “cheater” comments for minor things that have been done for decades are ruining the game

    If we’re concerned about the “Integrity of the Game” let’s stop Goodell from putting the players’ health at risk by requiring they disclose injuries in the interest of accurate Las Vegas Line gambling interests

    THAT’S more concerning to me than allowing QBs to have balls inflated the way they prefer

  77. Science has proven that atmospheric conditions OUTSIDE the stadium could raise the decibels inside the stadium, therefore giving a sense that the noise was pumped in. So anyone who thinks this was done on purpose should know that science doesn’t back them up.

  78. themanfromtheblacklodge, trevor190 – Colts were investigated and found not guilty, because they didn’t do it. So thats that.

  79. Deflategate is coming to Indy. Seems the ball Indy turned over to the refs is the only one with at 2 lbs psi lost. Well now…………

  80. The fact they HAD to do it confirms Atlanta is the worst sports city in America.

    Falcons – Pump crowd noise
    Hawks – 38-8 or whatever and the city still doesn’t care.
    Braves – Don’t sell out playoff games
    NHL – Only city to lose not one, but TWO teams.

    The MLS won’t even bother.

  81. I find is interesting this is the first time we’re hearing about this, but there have been news leaks about #deflategate nonstop the last 2 weeks. Well we all know the NFL would never allow a double standard….that was a punch line.

  82. This is an NFL problem. Everyone sees the advantage of loud crowd noise. The NFL used to penalize the home team if the noise level was so loud that the opposing team couldn’t hear. I liked that rule. Plus I’ve been waiting for the lawsuits to start coming because of permanent damage to the eardrums. I always liked it best when the players determined the outcome of the games, not the officials or the fans. Pretty soon fans will start bringing noise makers into the stadium, or someone will come up with an App that is a really loud buzzer or something. Just one more reason the commissioner’s office needs a real football person in there to help with the on-field stuff. I can’t blame the Falcons. How do you know that Seattle or New Orleans isn’t doing something to enhance crowd noise? The NFL always waits until someone sues them before they get a clue. I’ve been to some of the more quiet stadiums and wouldn’t want to take my kids there. It’s too loud. You should be able to take your family to see a football game without worrying that your kids will have permanent hearing loss.

  83. So the baffoon in league office screwed up and made up stuff about the Patriots so lets go after 2 irrelevant teams in Falcons in Noisegate and Browns in Textgate to prove they care about integrity of the league.

    Gimme a break. Goodell needed to be fired about 6 months ago. All these scumbag owners need to be investigated by the FBI and Goodell needs to be sent to prison for lieing and stealing his 44 million

  84. Of course its Goodell and the teams that have tarnished the shield 100x more than the Players. What a joke Goodell and these owners are.

    I will find something else to spend my time on next year. The NFL isnt worthy of my time.

  85. Teams all across the NFL are guilty of a variety of violations,but only the Patriots are the “cheaters” who get completely trashed for it. Might as well throw out the rule book and start over. As for the canned noise,the Colts and Seahawks are guilty of this as well. Will they be disciplined too? Doubt it. GO PATS!!! Bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Massachusetts where it belongs!!!

  86. Other teams are just trying to catch up with NE. The Patriots are the pioneers of cheating. Pumped noise was part of the original Spygate.

  87. vuudu says:

    Who cares? Everyone dome team does it, even Seattle does it.
    ======================================

    You’ve never been to a Dallas home game. Ain’t no noise getting piped into there.

  88. I was at the Giants-Rams game in St. Louis and it was pretty obvious the Rams were doing this. The building was louder in the 4th quarter while 3/4 empty then it was in the 1st half 3/4 full. I think this goes on in most domes, and Seattle.

  89. The Vikings have always done it. Their fans are too busy stuffing their faces with 64 OZ drinks and two-handed foot longs to be able to clap their hands together.

  90. cheaters..cheaters…cheaters..

    OMG, lets have a media swarm about this horrible horrible lack of respect for integrity….

    where is Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk???

    oh, wait a minute – they didnt get schooled in the superbowl by the Falcons.. this cheating is OK!

  91. Not news. And not a big deal to anyone attending their games. I was relieved to hear something to drown out the air conditioners when they were on defense.

  92. Where are all of the “integrity of the game” comments? Did they not do this to gain a competitive advantage? I expect, no I demand that I read nothing else on football sites for the next two weeks except stories about this investigation. #noisegate

  93. Maybe they’re innocent and it was just Larry the Cable Guy yelling “GIT R DUNNNN …” real loudly.

  94. I’m sure this is going on more than a few places. All of them wrong also, but the league has let this go on for years and years unabated or with slaps on wrists.

    This is the kind of thing the NFL should be cleaning up instead of robbing us of kickoff returns, big hits and a gameflow without constant interruption from penalties. Penalties for running into the other guy in an improper fashion.

  95. We couldn’t tell when the Browns and Steelers played here this year. Their thousands of fans made it feel like the Falcons were the road team.

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