- Aug 1, 1997
- Reaction score
- Sunset, La
Advocate Staff Photo by Chris Granger
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has never shied away from saying it -- the home-field advantage at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is real.
"For us, our focus is taking advantage of another game at home and taking advantage of crowd noise," he said after last week's divisional-round playoff win vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
And while it's safe to assume the Superdome crowd will be even louder vs. the Los Angeles Rams, Payton asked fans Thursday to change their in-game screaming routine just a bit.
"I think what's important for our fan base is understanding when that crowd noise needs to begin differently this week than normal weeks," Payton said. "That crowd noise needs to begin prior to 15 seconds left (on the play clock). That crowd needs to begin just as that last play finished.
"Look, you get 65-70 snaps of that crowd noise, earlier than normal and louder than normal, it's difficult." ...
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