Sean Payton implores Saints fans to be loud on Sunday

Seth Dunlap
January 17, 2019 - 5:02 pm

The New Orleans Saints haven't lost a home playoff game under head coach Sean Payton, winning all six of their post-season games in the Superdome.  They'll try to keep that perfect record intact when they face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.

While the Rams have been excellent at home this season, they haven't been the same dominant force on the road.  That includes their 42-35 loss to the Saints in New Orleans in the regular season.   The home crowd is likely to be raucous during the NFC Championship game tilt between the two teams, and Payton says the team needs the fans to provide a huge home field edge.

"Having played in some of the really loud environments, and we think we've got one of them if not the loudest, man there's challenges that come with it," Payton explained during his press conference after practice today.  "Sean (McVay) does a good job with it, he'll come out of the huddle quickly snap the ball, the next time they'll be up at the line. . .so they do a good job trying to counter that with tempo or change of tempo."

It's not just the loudness factor that will matter this week.  It's important that fans get loud early in the play clock due to the Rams up tempo offense, Payton said.

"I think what's important for our fan base is understanding when that crowd noise needs to begin differently this week than normal weeks.  That crowd noise needs to begin prior to 15 seconds left (on the play clock).  That crowd noise needs to begin just as that last play finished.  You get 65, 70 snaps of that crowd noise earlier than normal, louder than normal, and it's difficult."

Rams quarterback Jared Goff has struggled in hostile environments with loud crowds this season.  He's thrown just 10 touchdowns to nine interceptions in eight road games, with a pedestrian 82.7 quarterback rating and 60.9% completion rate.   Payton believes the Saints home crowd can have a big impact on the young quarterback and the Rams usual high-powered offense.

Kickoff of the NFC Championship game between the Saints and Rams is scheduled for 2:05 PM CST on Sunday.

Watch Payton's pull press conference in the video below.


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