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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.

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  1. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:07 AM

    Guess they needed the help with how bad they are.

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

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

  3. hartcarluncarlun says: Feb 1, 2015 11:08 AM

    Who cares!!! Deal with the Patriots before they say anything to another team about “noise”

  4. mroklahoma says: Feb 1, 2015 11:09 AM

    It makes sense: The Falcons are some of the most fair weather fans around

  5. pastorfootball says: Feb 1, 2015 11:09 AM

    Pretty stupid. Especially when you consider it didn’t help us these last two seasons.

  6. boyzrollen says: Feb 1, 2015 11:10 AM

    And you see how much that helped them win games.

  7. flexx91 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:10 AM

    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.

  8. trevor190 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    Punish them the same way the Colts were punished.

  9. barsfordays says: Feb 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    PipedGate?

  10. thefox61 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    db-gate

  11. dumbasdirt says: Feb 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    This explains why the Falcons lost so many games over the last two years. Stupidy kept getting in the way of common sense

  12. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    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

  13. longislandblitz says: Feb 1, 2015 11:12 AM

    Another high point in the Rodger Goodell era,I bet he had Dinner with Arthur Blank the night before this happend to

  14. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Feb 1, 2015 11:12 AM

    The Colts allegedly did it for years and the league did nothing.

  15. vuudu says: Feb 1, 2015 11:13 AM

    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?

  16. aballinhighgrass says: Feb 1, 2015 11:13 AM

    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.

  17. dritchie84 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:13 AM

    Zero superbowls since noisegate!

  18. axx1 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:13 AM

    who cares, even with cheating and playing in the worst divison in the NFLs history they still accomplished zero.

  19. rjc32586 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:14 AM

    Clearly the Patriots wanted to frame a team in the opposite conference.

  20. longislandblitz says: Feb 1, 2015 11:14 AM

    Its kind of pathetic when you think about it,The Falcons fans are so boring and lifeless that they had to add crowd noise to try and make life harder for the opposing team

  21. rr2000k says: Feb 1, 2015 11:14 AM

    What about the Colts? They’ve been doing that for years.

  22. cross300 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:15 AM

    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.

  23. SteveBeans says: Feb 1, 2015 11:15 AM

    And the witch hunt has a new focus.

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

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

    They need to get after the Seahawks too about this, it’s just to obvious.

  25. shawnleblancpatsfan says: Feb 1, 2015 11:16 AM

    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!

  26. mempusa says: Feb 1, 2015 11:16 AM

    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.

  27. PackersHome.com says: Feb 1, 2015 11:17 AM

    Patriots are gonna be PISSED!! How dare some less successful team try to steal the Cheater Mantle from them.

  28. wte1 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:17 AM

    Add another prop bet:

    Odds this story leads off all 3 network’s evening news:

    A billion trillion to one.

  29. dgimbz says: Feb 1, 2015 11:17 AM

    Seattle has been doing this for years.

  30. 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.

    #asterisk

  31. ninefingers9 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:18 AM

    Uh-oh…Pipedgate!

  32. fumblenuts says: Feb 1, 2015 11:19 AM

    #ArtificialNoiseGate

  33. oddte says: Feb 1, 2015 11:19 AM

    OMG take away their superbowls!

  34. 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.

  35. packfntk says: Feb 1, 2015 11:20 AM

    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.

  36. coltzfan166 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:20 AM

    And this is what Dan Quinn is getting himself into on his first day on the job

  37. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 1, 2015 11:20 AM

    CHEATERS!!! THROW THE BOOK AT THEM!!

  38. iclarke1204 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:20 AM

    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!!!

  39. Iknowitall says: Feb 1, 2015 11:21 AM

    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

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 1, 2015 11:22 AM

    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.

  41. heymister24 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:23 AM

    Was it underinflated or overinflated crowd noise? Is there video of the volume control specialist going to the bathroom?

  42. trollhammer20 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:23 AM

    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.

  43. packfntk says: Feb 1, 2015 11:24 AM

    Been to Kansas City, and been to Seattle. KC was WAY louder, and ALL NATURAL.

  44. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:25 AM

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

  45. revelation123 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:26 AM

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

  46. seattlesue427 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:26 AM

    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!

  47. heymister24 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:27 AM

    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.

  48. charger383 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:28 AM

    why hasn’t OSHA investigated this? Hazard to stadium workers.

  49. yooperman says: Feb 1, 2015 11:29 AM

    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.

  50. Ridley Me This says: Feb 1, 2015 11:30 AM

    #commissionergate

  51. olddirtytruth says: Feb 1, 2015 11:31 AM

    Looks like the Falcons trying to be more like the Patriots.

  52. bert1913 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:31 AM

    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

  53. tigerlilac says: Feb 1, 2015 11:32 AM

    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.

  54. iclarke1204 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:32 AM

    #deciblegate

  55. newjerseygiants says: Feb 1, 2015 11:33 AM

    This explains all their division titles and home field advantage during the playoffs over the years.

  56. johnnycantread says: Feb 1, 2015 11:33 AM

    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.

  57. followme2boston says: Feb 1, 2015 11:34 AM

    at this point it may be easier to put articles out there about who isn’t cheating….

  58. mikeytoth says: Feb 1, 2015 11:35 AM

    Cheaters

  59. mikeytoth says: Feb 1, 2015 11:35 AM

    Cheating to lose!

  60. 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.

  61. judsonjr says: Feb 1, 2015 11:35 AM

    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.

  62. bemho says: Feb 1, 2015 11:38 AM

    If only the Falcons had Peyton Manning pumped up crowd noise would be a non issue.

  63. basilmarinerchase says: Feb 1, 2015 11:38 AM

    Anyone saying, “Who cares, other teams do it,” never gets to say a word about the Patriots ever again.

  64. kissmysandwich says: Feb 1, 2015 11:38 AM

    A better strategy would probably be to roster an NFL caliber defense……

  65. imsaneinthebrain says: Feb 1, 2015 11:38 AM

    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.

  66. nfliferfan22 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:40 AM

    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..

  67. imsaneinthebrain says: Feb 1, 2015 11:40 AM

    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.

  68. packerfanwi1028 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:41 AM

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

  69. iamlegend1219 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:41 AM

    Whoever wrote this article spelled Patriots wrong…

  70. uwsptke says: Feb 1, 2015 11:41 AM

    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.

  71. tb12bestqbevah says: Feb 1, 2015 11:41 AM

    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

  72. bstngrdn says: Feb 1, 2015 11:42 AM

    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?

  73. largentthanlife says: Feb 1, 2015 11:43 AM

    The only thing we pipe in Seattle is….something ELSE.

  74. Ralphie says: Feb 1, 2015 11:43 AM

    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.

  75. slaugin says: Feb 1, 2015 11:43 AM

    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

  76. edawg7l says: Feb 1, 2015 11:44 AM

    The Falcons are awful when it comes to cheating too.

  77. RE LEE says: Feb 1, 2015 11:45 AM

    It’s not the Patriots so who cares, right?

  78. to147 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:47 AM

    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.

  79. wstrege says: Feb 1, 2015 11:47 AM

    I am sure the “12th man” in Seattle is aided by artificial crowd noise too.

  80. pyr2gold says: Feb 1, 2015 11:49 AM

    ha, Ted Wells is gonna be busy….

  81. tattooit says: Feb 1, 2015 11:51 AM

    *FAILCONS! Nothing less than a one year ban of whoever their coach is, two first round picks, and Roddy Whites Dreadlocks!!

  82. plastics017 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:53 AM

    @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.

  83. beastmode5150 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:53 AM

    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.

  84. gammynomnom says: Feb 1, 2015 11:55 AM

    should have piped in a QB.

  85. gonzosquidwardkaepernick says: Feb 1, 2015 11:57 AM

    The Epiclanta Failclowns.

  86. M says: Feb 1, 2015 11:58 AM

    And the crowd goes wild.

  87. pone27 says: Feb 1, 2015 11:58 AM

    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

  88. orangecrush67 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:00 PM

    Dimitroff, ex Patriot employee, check, Pioli, ex Patriot employee, check,
    follow Patriot way(cheat), check

    makes sense

  89. hardasahawk says: Feb 1, 2015 12:01 PM

    LOL….

    You aren’t the 12s.

    Sorry.

  90. patswinyoucry says: Feb 1, 2015 12:01 PM

    Investigate Seattle. Everyone knows they do it.

  91. bjtownsend11 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:01 PM

    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.

  92. nflrulebook says: Feb 1, 2015 12:01 PM

    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

  93. bjtownsend11 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:02 PM

    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.

  94. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:02 PM

    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.

  95. whoisrdymlz says: Feb 1, 2015 12:02 PM

    When are they gonna nail Seattle and New Orleans?

  96. slapmymonkey says: Feb 1, 2015 12:04 PM

    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).

  97. pjomega says: Feb 1, 2015 12:05 PM

    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

  98. tpa43 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:06 PM

    The Bucs used holograms of fans to make it look like the stadium was half full.

  99. indywelch says: Feb 1, 2015 12:06 PM

    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!

  100. bawston1 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:06 PM

    This isn’t Patriot related therefore, the media outlets won’t pick it up.

    SB MVP prediction: Julian Edelman

  101. cuethehaters says: Feb 1, 2015 12:08 PM

    Isn’t there a game tonight?

  102. tmcb7 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:08 PM

    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!

  103. falcon8275 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:11 PM

    Boy, it really helped us !Look at our record.LOL

  104. pats777 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:12 PM

    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!

  105. fordmandalay says: Feb 1, 2015 12:13 PM

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

  106. immafubared says: Feb 1, 2015 12:14 PM

    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.

  107. mattwalshvideo says: Feb 1, 2015 12:15 PM

    Of course, they brought in New England cheaters to the front office.

    Belicheat cheating tree

  108. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 1, 2015 12:15 PM

    WELL WELL WELL…. Looks like a culture of cheating to me.

  109. eastcoastgambler says: Feb 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    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.

  110. largentthanlife says: Feb 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    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.

  111. immafubared says: Feb 1, 2015 12:17 PM

    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?

  112. patswinyoucry says: Feb 1, 2015 12:17 PM

    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.

  113. jason1980 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:17 PM

    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

  114. nflfan1 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:20 PM

    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.

  115. patriotinvasion says: Feb 1, 2015 12:22 PM

    So this egregious CHEATING SCANDAL will be the lead story on Anderson Cooper right….right????

    #YouHateUsCuzYouAin’tUs #embracethehate #GoPats

  116. metitometin says: Feb 1, 2015 12:23 PM

    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.

  117. sugarbearfan says: Feb 1, 2015 12:24 PM

    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.

  118. patriots123456 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:25 PM

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

    They also demand the team be moved to London.

  119. stellarperformance says: Feb 1, 2015 12:26 PM

    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!

  120. campcouch says: Feb 1, 2015 12:28 PM

    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!”

  121. bong815 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:29 PM

    They could solve a lot of problems if they could just win some football games. Don’t hold your breath.

  122. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 1, 2015 12:29 PM

    Piped in noise gate!

  123. cornerstone2001 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:30 PM

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

  124. leatherface2012 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:31 PM

    PACKERS PUMP IN CHOKING NOISE IN PRACTICALLY EVERY PLAYOFF GAME THEY’RE IN….rodgers is playing today right? he did say they were the better team right?

  125. gojags says: Feb 1, 2015 12:32 PM

    The bad news is the falcons still won only a handful of games in 2013 & 2014 (inspite of the piped in noise).

  126. babygaga19 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:35 PM

    Falcons are cheaters. Who cares? Not much of a team and tired about hearing how good their qb is. What has he done? Exactly.

  127. patsfan1820 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:36 PM

    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.

  128. indytom87 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:38 PM

    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.

  129. 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.

  130. donmcg2012 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:42 PM

    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?

  131. rcosborne59 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:42 PM

    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.

  132. judsonjr says: Feb 1, 2015 12:44 PM

    Shefter is reporting that sanctions may include Arthur Blank shaving his little pencil mustache.

  133. it's all bs says: Feb 1, 2015 12:44 PM

    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!!

  134. riverhorsey says: Feb 1, 2015 12:46 PM

    Two words: Scott Pioli

  135. celticsforever says: Feb 1, 2015 12:48 PM

    Rockford-Fosgate-gate ????

  136. kabasaman says: Feb 1, 2015 12:49 PM

    I think they bought the speakers at Home Depot… Dimetroff should be fired. Cheating suckers….

  137. johnniemayes says: Feb 1, 2015 12:50 PM

    Seahawks do the same thing.

  138. Glassguy9 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:50 PM

    Just think how bad they would have been without the noise!!!

  139. captainspangled says: Feb 1, 2015 12:50 PM

    Lol ‘alleged’

    I could have told you this.

  140. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Feb 1, 2015 12:55 PM

    …but the falcons are such losers they did it when they were on offense

  141. crush22 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:55 PM

    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.

  142. celticsforever says: Feb 1, 2015 12:56 PM

    .
    Rockford-Fosgate-gate ????

  143. stampnhawk says: Feb 1, 2015 12:57 PM

    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.

  144. tim2200 says: Feb 1, 2015 12:59 PM

    Been doing it in Indy for years.

    Also much speculation that the 12th man has some help.

  145. thefalconwolf says: Feb 1, 2015 1:02 PM

    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

  146. randymossblewit says: Feb 1, 2015 1:05 PM

    Why no mention of the news today on #deflategate
    ? Now only 1 ball was 2 psi under?

  147. 8oneanddones says: Feb 1, 2015 1:06 PM

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

  148. patriotsdefense says: Feb 1, 2015 1:06 PM

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

  149. zukny1 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:06 PM

    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!

  150. armchairqb says: Feb 1, 2015 1:08 PM

    Hardly shocking. There are six or seven actual Falcons fans in all of Georgia.

  151. jacobslatter says: Feb 1, 2015 1:09 PM

    3 words: Thomas Dimitroff Roadhouse.

  152. nomdeplume01 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:10 PM

    NoiseRateGate

  153. darthbelichick07 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:13 PM

    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)

  154. stickman18 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:15 PM

    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!!

  155. j0esixpack says: Feb 1, 2015 1:18 PM

    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

  156. edgarpoe3 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:20 PM

    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.

  157. thetooloftools says: Feb 1, 2015 1:20 PM

    Public Addressgate?
    Tuckgate trumps everything though and it’s not even mentioned.

  158. magnumpimustache says: Feb 1, 2015 1:22 PM

    Deflategate will go down as a foot note In history.

    The pats will blow out Seattle and people will hate us even more.

  159. ty46 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:25 PM

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

  160. tim2200 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:25 PM

    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…………

  161. thebostonelite says: Feb 1, 2015 1:27 PM

    CHEATERS!!!! ZOMG! CHEATERS!! The integrity of the game is ruined!! The Falcons legacy is tarnished, all their home game wins need a *. AHHHHHHHH. Cheaters!!!!

  162. thelinestartsheretokissmyass says: Feb 1, 2015 1:27 PM

    #Hashtagsareforattentionmonkeys.

  163. patfan77 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:27 PM

    OMG omg noisegate!!!!!!

  164. completefan says: Feb 1, 2015 1:28 PM

    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.

  165. mattyj7183 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:29 PM

    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.

  166. longtimefanhtr says: Feb 1, 2015 1:30 PM

    Cheaters never win they say but here we have the Deflatriots and Seattleral teams playing today.

  167. disorien says: Feb 1, 2015 1:31 PM

    Crickets

  168. tonebones says: Feb 1, 2015 1:31 PM

    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.

  169. goodellmustgonow says: Feb 1, 2015 1:33 PM

    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

  170. goodellmustgonow says: Feb 1, 2015 1:35 PM

    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.

  171. finjim1020 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:36 PM

    If you are going to cheat at least WIN.

  172. asimonetti88 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:42 PM

    They need to investigate Seattle for this too

  173. bradygirl12 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:43 PM

    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!!!

  174. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 1, 2015 1:44 PM

    The Seahawks can’t hear this noise about artificial noise with all this artificial noise.

  175. bamboozle99 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:45 PM

    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.

  176. abninf says: Feb 1, 2015 1:51 PM

    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.

  177. dohpey28 says: Feb 1, 2015 1:52 PM

    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.

  178. teambringitstrong says: Feb 1, 2015 1:57 PM

    How’s that looking for your ratchet city now Lisa Till?

  179. stellarperformance says: Feb 1, 2015 1:58 PM

    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.

  180. davebarnes21 says: Feb 1, 2015 2:01 PM

    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!

  181. pastabelly says: Feb 1, 2015 2:01 PM

    The Colts were doing that for years in the Hoosier Dome and nobody cared. This is ridiculous.

  182. renocarolina says: Feb 1, 2015 2:10 PM

    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.

  183. tjacks7 says: Feb 1, 2015 2:14 PM

    Investigation should be completed by the mid 2030s given the NFLs investigative pace and current work load.

  184. seadaddy6875 says: Feb 1, 2015 2:22 PM

    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

  185. posmoo says: Feb 1, 2015 2:27 PM

    that’s so pitiful. everyone should be fired. so shameful.

  186. commonsensedude says: Feb 1, 2015 2:28 PM

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

  187. mrlaloosh says: Feb 1, 2015 3:36 PM

    NoiseGate! The Failcant’s are pitiful.

  188. stellarperformance says: Feb 1, 2015 3:54 PM

    Seattle…..home of the 12th Amps and Loudspeakers.

  189. largentthanlife says: Feb 1, 2015 3:54 PM

    Report: Patriots alleged to have piped out air from footballs, NFL discipline unlikely

  190. JSpicoli says: Feb 1, 2015 4:13 PM

    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.

  191. jimthebuilder27 says: Feb 1, 2015 4:36 PM

    What a joke! The Vikings and Saints have done this for years and years, yet no discipline at all!

  192. backindasaddle says: Feb 1, 2015 4:49 PM

    Can we blame it on the Patriots!!!!?

  193. footballer4ever says: Feb 1, 2015 5:18 PM

    That is nothing. dolphins eggball team has managed to get away with having fans dressed as orange seats for most of their season. 😀

  194. ballboy48 says: Feb 1, 2015 6:26 PM

    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.

  195. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 1, 2015 6:31 PM

    They had to compensate for all of the empty seats in the third quarter of a home playoff game somehow, right?

  196. falcon8275 says: Feb 1, 2015 10:48 PM

    Falcons will pay up as soon as New England does so everybody chill.

  197. millmannj says: Feb 1, 2015 10:53 PM

    Will the NFL be fining the Cardinals for piping in crowd noise during Katy Perry’s performance during halftime?

  198. theaints says: Feb 2, 2015 6:56 PM

    There were more road fans there every game anyway, this didn’t do anything. Still, not good, and I hope we don’t pay for this.

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