Aaron Rodgers: It’s loud in Atlanta, whether it’s all natural or not

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a shot at the Falcons’ history of playing fake crowd noise over the Georgia Dome loudspeakers in his final media appearance before Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

Asked about the noise in Atlanta, Rodgers acknowledged it’s loud, and then noted that the noise might not actually be coming from the fans.

“It’s really loud in there. Whether that’s all natural or not is yet to be seen,” Rodgers said.

The Falcons were stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and fined $350,000 after an investigation revealed that they had been using fake crowd noise while the opposing offense was on the field during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Falcons fired their director of event marketing, whom they blamed for overseeing the scheme, and the NFL temporarily pulled Falcons President Rich McKay off the Competition Committee for it.

There have been no allegations that the Falcons resumed their practice since then, but Rodgers found it amusing to take a little shot at the team before Sunday’s game.

88 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: It’s loud in Atlanta, whether it’s all natural or not

  1. I can remember back around 2013 when Rodgers naturally bet a GB fan a years salary on social media in arrogant fashion to embarrass him .Lost the bet then vanished . # exonerated #ponyup

  2. I will be at the Georgia Dome tomorrow afternoon for the NFC Championship game….and it will be LOUD! Won’t need any “piped in” noise, Falcons fans will take care of that themselves!

  3. I was at the dome for a very dull game versus the Vikings last year. Our seats were up high, very close to the PA speakers. On *that* Sunday, there was *no doubt at all* that they were still pumping in crowd noise. And this was AFTER the fine. Most of the people around me were on their cell phones, checking fantasy scores. It was pathetic.

  4. Even if Brady intentionally played with under inflated balls, that had no effect on the opposing team’s ability to play defense. Pumping in artificial noise had direct impact on the opposing team’s ability to play on offense.

    The Falcons got nowhere near the penalty imposed on the Patriots. I guess that’s Goodell’s perverted sense of justice.

  5. Smart comments. If they had any intention of doing it Sunday I’d imagine those intentions are gone now. Similar to Phil Jackson ripping the refs. Bringing attention to it! Go Pack!

  6. This is coming from a life long Packer Fan, but also a realist.

    It doesn’t matter whether the noise is real or a combination of real and piped in.
    With all of the injuries the Packer has accumulated during the season and current state of the players they will have available, their run just might be over on Sunday. I certainly hope not and will cheer them on as I always do.

    Even though no matter how much we yell at the TV, we as fans have no control of the outcome.

    All I have to say is: GO…Pack…Go!!!

  7. Part of me wants to see a Rodgers vs. Brady Super Bowl… and part of me wants both of them to lose and to see those arrogant looks wiped off their faces.

  8. In the broad scheme of things, it really is sad that given all the ‘cheating’ scandals that have happened in the NFL and this infraction ONLY garnered a 5th round pick?

    NFL discipline is so arbitrary, inconsistent and just awful under Goodell. Look no further than recent Seahawks failure to report Shermans injury compared to Colts not reporting Lucks just last year. Stuff like this makes Goodell closer to Vince McMann, except McMann is probably more likeable and at least he knows WWE is fake…..the NFL is real……..isn’t it? Crickets……..

  9. Went there in 2010. It was fun, but there were about 40% Packer fans there. One problem is that it was loud when you looked around and no one was screaming….

    Still not as fake as Seattle. That low base and high pitched squeel are really obvious guys.

  10. First of all, Rodgers point is based on fact. Atlanta has piped in crowd noise and gotten caught doing it.
    Second of all, what he said means nothing.
    I’m a Packers fan and I’m a realistic. The Packers have made it this far when no one gave them a chance. Now, no one is giving them a chance to win this game, either.
    No matter how you look at it, the Falcons have everything slanted their way heading into this game. They are more rested than the Packers, and they are much healthier. They are playing at home. And — they are an excellent offensive team. Their defense played well against Seattle, too.
    If I were a betting man, I’d bet on the Falcons, too. But — this Packers team has a lot of heart and as long as they have #12 at QB, they have a chance. I wrote last week if the Cowboys underestimated the Packers, they’d be in trouble. The same goes for the Falcons.
    I wish the Falcons luck, but I’m rooting like hell for the Packers.

  11. cebert44 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 6:05 AM
    CRYING already,

    if Brady complained they would hammer him.

    So, what is it, you’ve never watched Tom play, or just have it blocked out while he’s crying to a ref after every play?

  12. “this infraction ONLY garnered a 5th round pick?”

    THE only team to lose a draft pick because of crowd noise. NOT THE only team to pump in crowd noise. FACT.
    It’s a garbage penalty against a lower level team (in the league’s eyes) meanwhile teams like Seattle, Indianapolis blatantly cheat w/o penalty… Goodell sucks ballz.

  13. Brace yourselves, Falcon fans; if your team wins the SB or even the NFCCG, the trolls and haters will be out in full force, crying cheat cheat cheaters!!!
    They’ll affix imaginary asterisks to everything your team has ever done.

  14. The Colts were caught piping in phony crowd noise on live TV when their loop began to skip. Several teams have complained, yet Goodell refuses to do anything about it.

    How does that make you feel Falcons fans?

    There’s talk that the Seahawks will lose a 2nd rd pick because they his Sherman’s knee from the injury report.

    In 2015, the Colts his Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report. 2 years later and Goodell is still “looking into it…”

    How does that make you feel Seahawks fans?

  15. Oh my god, he made one small statement, didn’t say much, but somehow he whining? This is why I hate NFL fans and the meaning, the invent reasons to dislike someone. I watched the interview, the guy wasn’t smug, he wasn’t whining.

    Dude, if you hate the guy, just say i hate the guy. Stop making up reasons to dislike him that aren’t their. He’s arrogant. How? Explain how he’s arrogant and your teams QB is just confident. All ya’ll on bull and you know it. God I get tired of listening to people and their biased opinions.

    The man works hard, he ran the table like he said and he is as good as he thinks he is. People been doubting him since he came in the league and when he was good there was always someone trying to say, he ain’t that good. He inherited a good team from Brett Favre, he ain’t that good.

    He had good wide receivers, he ain’t that good. Oh catching teams slipping on the snap count or too many men on the field, is cheap. Dude, this ain’t the NBA, there are like 19 games max and everyone of them crucial. You’d cheer your head off if your QB was smart enough to consistently catch the other team slipping. His job is to win.

    He play lights out against Atlanta last time. He did everything you want a QB to do in most of the games the Packers lost this season. No one cares about his stats or whether he played hard, they care that he lost. So quick was everyone to try to write him and his team off.

    The truth is, you people just love to hate someone. I hope he wins it all, so you salty bastards can cry and moan.

  16. I really want to like Aaron Rodgers. He is one of the most amazingly talented players in the history of the league. There’s just something about him that makes him hard to root for. I don’t know if it’s arrogance or what, he just comes across as a jerk.

  17. That’s rich, coming from the mega-cheat QB who ran an improper ball-inflation scheme for many years. The only difference is that Atlanta got penalized whilst Aaron got a free pass.

  18. streetyson says:
    Jan 21, 2017 10:28 AM
    That’s rich, coming from the mega-cheat QB who ran an improper ball-inflation scheme for many years. The only difference is that Atlanta got penalized whilst Aaron got a free pass.
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    It’s called Inflation Parity. The NFL allows QB’s with massive hands, like Rodgers, to use overinflated footballs to grip them more effectively. The underinflated footballs are used by most other small-handed QB’s, like Bridgewater, to grip them more effectively.

    It all balances out.

  19. There isn’t a more cynical or egregious cheat than pumping in crowd noise. It’s the very definition of cheating to gain a competitive advantage and at an institutional level no less. It is an outright assault on ‘the integrity of the game’ and yet it was only worth the loss of a 5th rounder? And not only is there little to no outrage over it, it is still going on in the stadiums of a couple of Goodell’s other apple polishers. Risking a 5th rounder to influence the outcome of every defensive series is more than worth it. Seriously, what kind of deterrent is that? If the league wanted it to stop McKay would have gotten the Payton treatment at the very least and the team would have been severely fined as well as losing at least a 1st rounder.

  20. qbarrel says:
    Jan 21, 2017 10:53 AM
    No form of cheating makes a team look more second rate and pathetic than using canned crowd noise. Exhibit A: The Indianapolis Colts.
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    Add the Vikings to that list.

  21. This coming from the quarterback who lives off:
    1. Trying to catch the defense with too many men
    2. Trying to draw the defense offside
    3. Runs a play called, “pass interference deep…”
    4. Constantly whining too the refs for penalties…
    5. Hail Mary passes and luck

    Rodgers is on a great run.
    Can’t figure out why he would start publicly whining.

    Maybe there is an old NFL rule still on the books that penalizes the defense for crowd noise, and he is trying to get the refs attention about it.

  22. Hopefully the refs are checking the GB balls to make sure they’re not inflated over the legal max as Rodgers openly admitted they did.

  23. Went to a game this year. Was in the nose-bleeds. Yeah, it’s obvious that it’s still happening. I can’t believe this isn’t getting more attention.

  24. Love this comment. Aaron is just stirring the pot and walking away – a little bit of pre-game gamesmanship. This incident was an embarrassment for ATL (really, who pipes in crowd noise?) – and Aaron now has the city of ATL and its players talking and thinking about noise vs. the next play on the field. Brilliant……

    GoPackGo!!!

  25. streetyson says:
    Jan 21, 2017 10:28 AM
    That’s rich, coming from the mega-cheat QB who ran an improper ball-inflation scheme for many years. The only difference is that Atlanta got penalized whilst Aaron got a free pass.
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    Really? What a single player might try to do pales in comparison to conspiring to cheat the game at an executive level. Probably the only reason the punishment wasn’t as serious as the crime warrants is the league doesn’t want everyone considering just how ugly a cheat it really is. Think about it, crowd noise has the ability to influence every play call and effect every snap an opponent makes.

  26. I was at the game last weekend at the Georgia Dome and I can tell you 100% that they pipe in noise. During the first quarter the stadium was roaring, yet I looked around me and virtually no one was cheering. I was in the 200 level and had good views of all levels. People were on the 200 and 300 levels were sitting, the 100 level was standing but not yelling etc.

    They were clearly the better team last saturday, but were cheating with the noise. No doubt in my mind

  27. I don’t get why the hard-working and successful are so hated. Smug? When you’re good at something you’re going to come across that way to people who don’t excel. Brady, Rodgers, etc. have earned what they have. Jealousy is an ugly look.

  28. Pumping fake crowd noise is something that is usually done in arenas. Patriots actually pump fake “DEFENSE” crowd chants through their speakers. I know because I was on the field next to a speaker as a photographer ad it was so loud it was insane. Some guy with a Patriots lament ran over to me and said “I COULDN’T BE OVER THERE”

  29. adrianbeatason says:
    Jan 21, 2017 11:40 AM

    Rodgers never broke a rule by over inflating balls. He did it before the game, not during it. Get your facts right.
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    If he played one snap with over-inflated footballs, he broke a rule.

    It’s ludicrous to think that trying to sneak over-inflated footballs past the refs, when everyone knows they don’t check them, is not an attempt to cheat.

  30. I am convinced most football fans are decent people who understand how tough it is to win in the NFL. They respect greatness when they see it, no matter which jersey the player is wearing.
    On the other hand, there are too many football fans who are miserable because their favorite team never wins, or they’re miserable just because they complain about everything.
    I get why non Packers fans don’t like Aaron Rodgers. It’s based on the constant praise he gets from the media because he is so good.
    What I don’t get is why they hate him and why some of them get down in the gutter and bring up his girlfriend and family in their hatred. None of that is any of their business.
    And here’s what I know about Rodgers. He’s worked as hard as he can throughout his football career just to get an opportunity to play in the NFL.
    He was cursed by many Packers fans when the Brett Favre stuff blew up, even though none of it was his fault. Yet he stayed in the background and took it without responding. He just continued to work hard to be the best he could be.
    He’s taken digs from Favre since that time, and has still not responded to any of it. Favre even added more pressure to what Rodgers is doing this year by saying he thinks the Packers are going to the Super Bowl.
    So — all you haters can hate the guy all you want. But when you don’t admit that the guy is a great QB who gives everything he has on every play to be the best he can be, you are just acting like the whiny fans that you are.
    The Packers have been fortunate to have had 3 of the greatest QB’s who ever played in the NFL. Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers. The irony is, each of them had to prove everyone wrong to become stars in the NFL. They weren’t sure fire blue-chip QB’s coming out of college.
    As a Packers fan, I have enormous respect for Aaron Rodgers. What he has done during this run has been remarkable, even by the high standards he had already set for himself.
    Win or lose, my respect for him won’t change, and I know that he’ll be a first ballot Hall Of fame player when his career is over, and he’ll be regarded as one of the best to ever play. Without him, this team that he has in the NFC championship game would be lucky to be a .500 team. That’s the measure of greatness that he has.
    The other thing I know is that all these Rodgers haters would sure love to have him QB’ing their team.

  31. Dan Quinn got used to the insanely loud noise as the Seahawks D-coordinator and then got to Atlanta and it was so quiet that they came up with this crap.

    No wonder it was so loud last week.

    I still want Atlanta to win because screw Arod. Wipe that smirk off his face falcons!

  32. atlatlatl says:
    Jan 21, 2017 9:03 AM
    Crowd noise. Injuries. The flu. The cheeseheads’ excuses have already begun!
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    They had the same “excuses” when they won eight games in a row, nearly all of which were a virtual lose and go home playoff condition. They don’t need excuses. That’s the point. They’re still going to win. The only excuses you’re going to hear will attempt to support the question: “Why couldn’t the Falcons beat such a depleted team?”

  33. “Rodgers never broke a rule by over inflating balls. He did it before the game, not during it.”

    Sorry but that’s using semantics to justify cheating.

    He knowingly and intentionally ordered his ball attendants to intentionally over inflate the balls beyond the legal limit in hopes the officials wouldn’t take the time to gauge them or would be too busy with other things to do so.

    And since it was done repeatedly its clear he got them through often enough and that he knowingly played with balls he knew were higher than the legal PSI levels.

    Yes it was the refs responsibility to check them, but once he got them by the refs he knew it was illegal to use them and did so anyway.

    He cheated. Period.

    Now it was an equipment violation that should have resulted in a 25k fine and not a national emergency like framegate was, but according to a lot of people here cheating of any type no matter how minor is cheating, and once a cheater always a cheater.

  34. SexBoat Captain says:
    Jan 21, 2017 6:27 AM
    I can remember back around 2013 when Rodgers naturally bet a GB fan a years salary on social media in arrogant fashion to embarrass him .Lost the bet then vanished . # exonerated #ponyup
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    Bet $ on the outcome of a game? That cost Paul Hornung and Alex Karras a full season suspension.

  35. Ok, he’s having a little fun with everyone but just the same, for a smart guy he knows when to say something that will have you picking yourself up off the ground surrounded by defenders saying “can you hear us now?”

  36. Still not as fake as Seattle. That low base and high pitched squeel are really obvious guys.

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    Congrats, you actually came up with something new around here. People don’t say that. Most people know it’s the shape of the stadium and how it funnels the sound to the field. Everyone here has seen shots of the seattle stands with everyone standing screaming through cupped hands during the middle of a 2nd down play that hardly matters.

    Say what you will about the Seahawks, as a pack fan I know you hate them…but the sound in the stadium is real and tested by Guinness several times. KC actually beat them…so kudos to Kansas City as well for their noise.

    Seattle doesn’t have to pipe their noise but thanks for trying to start some new rumor that would never fly because of the exposure that issue has already gotten.

  37. “I can remember back around 2013 when Rodgers naturally bet a GB fan a years salary on social media in arrogant fashion to embarrass him .Lost the bet then vanished . # exonerated #ponyup”

    The Ryan Braun bet? The other guy in “the bet” never offered to put anything up for the bet, so the bet never happened. Some people are so jealous.

  38. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 9:14 AM

    umm noise isnt “fake” if you can hear it, it’s real .it exists. either you hear it or you dont.

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    Why are you here? You and I bet on the outcome of Packers/Cowboys and the loser had to disappear until Valentine’s Day. You lost. Now get lost. Or be exposed for a welcher with no honor whatsoever.

  39. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 12:34 PM
    “Rodgers never broke a rule by over inflating balls. He did it before the game, not during it.”

    Sorry but that’s using semantics to justify cheating.

    He knowingly and intentionally ordered his ball attendants to intentionally over inflate the balls beyond the legal limit in hopes the officials wouldn’t take the time to gauge them or would be too busy with other things to do so.

    And since it was done repeatedly its clear he got them through often enough and that he knowingly played with balls he knew were higher than the legal PSI levels.

    Yes it was the refs responsibility to check them, but once he got them by the refs he knew it was illegal to use them and did so anyway.

    He cheated. Period.

    Now it was an equipment violation that should have resulted in a 25k fine and not a national emergency like framegate was, but according to a lot of people here cheating of any type no matter how minor is cheating, and once a cheater always a cheater.

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    You are ignorant of how the testing of balls works.

    Aaron Rodgers likes his footballs over inflated as he is on the record of saying. He has said he had the equipment people pump them up more to “see if he could sneak them past the refs.”

    It is the refs job to inspect the balls prior to the game. If the packers or Pats had submitted uninflated balls to the refs that would be no issue. If they submitted balls inflated to 30psi no issue either.

    Altering the balls after they are inspected, destroying the evidence and lying about it all will get you suspended for 4 games. IMO should have been more.

    The difference between what Aaron Rodgers did, submit over inflated balls to the refs prior to the game, and what Brady did is this.

    The Pats submitted balls to the ref for inspection. After the balls were inspected to be within the proper inflation parameters the Pats ball boy would sneak into the bathroom and let air out of them.

    That’s CHEATING.

  40. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jan 21, 2017 12:37 PM
    By the noise in Atlanta not being natural does Rodgers mean the sound coming from people who are just showing up for free hot chocolate?
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    You’re jumping the shark.

  41. knowspinzone says:

    Even if Brady intentionally played with under inflated balls, that had no effect on the opposing team’s ability to play defense.

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    That’s true, but it does have a significant impact on turnovers. It’s much easier to hold onto a football that’s under inflated. Check out how the Pat’s turn over ratio compares to every other team during that stretch.

  42. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 21, 2017 2:09 PM
    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 9:14 AM
    umm noise isnt “fake” if you can hear it, it’s real .it exists. either you hear it or you dont.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Why are you here? You and I bet on the outcome of Packers/Cowboys and the loser had to disappear until Valentine’s Day. You lost. Now get lost. Or be exposed for a welcher with no honor .
    ————
    I am glad you came back today Cabbage. I want to apologize for picking on you yesterday. I am actually kind of embarrassed that I did that to you. I am sorry.

  43. Still not as fake as Seattle. That low base and high pitched squeel are really obvious guys.

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    Congrats, you actually came up with something new around here. People don’t say that. Most people know it’s the shape of the stadium and how it funnels the sound to the field. Everyone here has seen shots of the seattle stands with everyone standing screaming through cupped hands during the middle of a 2nd down play that hardly matters.

    Say what you will about the Seahawks, as a pack fan I know you hate them…but the sound in the stadium is real and tested by Guinness several times. KC actually beat them…so kudos to Kansas City as well for their noise.

    Seattle doesn’t have to pipe their noise but thanks for trying to start some new rumor that would never fly because of the exposure that issue has already gotten.

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    That’s fresh. I have been to arrowhead. I know what real noise sounds like and you are naive to think that seattles fake noise is real. It’s actually comical. Go put on you stupid 12 jersey that says “fan” on it and keep thinking you’re the loudest, but you aren’t.

    Or have you switched allegiances for the playoffs because your team is out like most Seattle fans that became fans in 2012?

  44. “It is the refs job to inspect the balls prior to the game. If the packers or Pats had submitted uninflated balls to the refs that would be no issue. If they submitted balls inflated to 30psi no issue either.”

    No it wouldn’t be. And even if the refs miss them it is still illegal to use balls outside the given 12.5-13.5 psi range whether or not the refs catch them.

    Your very ugly double standard is showing.

  45. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 9:14 AM
    umm noise isnt “fake” if you can hear it, it’s real .it exists. either you hear it or you dont.
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    Hey, that’s just like Packer stock certificates. I can hold it, read it, frame it. It exists.

    It’s real. Thanks for putting that to rest once and for all.

  46. dino2997 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 2:44 PM
    Rodger’s personality just isn’t very likeable. This and how he treats his family.
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    Signed,

    – the news reporters at TMZ

  47. They learned that little trick from the Clots along with turning up the heat on the visitor sideline.

    –And Belichick nor Brady ever whined or made any excuses.

    Aaron’s been known to cheat the pressure in his balls, so he needs to go easy on the excuses himself.

    Learn from the best. Just shut up and play ball.

  48. allight59 says:
    Jan 21, 2017 10:40 AM
    Erin would know. Olivia Munn used faked noises as well.
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    Your 1st thumbs up from me. That’s pretty funny, even to this Packer fan.

  49. This has nothing to do with the article or on-going trolling, but I’d love to know why Rodgers and the Pack offense shouts “3-19” before every play? Was Rodgers born on March 19th? Is that his anniversary date with Olivia? Is it MM’s weight watchers ID number? I hope its not some boring technical football reason.

  50. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Jan 21, 2017 8:30 AM

    Does this guy ever stop whining? Go Falcons we’d all love to see you wipe that smug look off his face

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    You STILL haven’t gotten over the fact that your team couldn’t beat the Packers to win the division in a nationally televised home game for all the marbles?

    Let it go already. Stress and envy kill.

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