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Atlanta Fake Crowd Noise to Blitz Falcons' Foes Investigated

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By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 09:51 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are being investigated by the NFL for playing fake crowd noise on its Georgia Dome sound system while opposing team attempted to call plays during the past two seasons.

If the Falcons are found guilty of the infraction, the team could be fined and/or lose a draft pick, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games," Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts told the newspaper. "We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome."

Some, like ESPN's Adam Schefter, said he wondered if the crowd noise really would help the Falcons because the team went 3-5 at home last year, including an embarrassing 34-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 17 that cost them the NFC South Division title.

"Atlanta has been accused of piping in the noise while the opposing team was huddling, trying to call its play," wrote Schefter. "Some around the league have argued that silent counts have rendered crowd noise more irrelevant, and it's difficult to discern how much of an advantage it gave the Falcons."

The Journal-Constitution reported that NFL stadium operators can use stadium audio until 20 seconds remain on the play clock. According to the newspaper, the video boards can encourage fans to make noise throughout a opposing team's play when previously it had to be discontinued with 30 seconds left on the play clock.

The newspaper said that in a home game against Chicago, the Falcons had to go to a silent count because of so many Bears fans attended the game and made such a ruckus when Atlanta had the ball that the Falcons could not hear their offensive signals.

In 2007 in Indianapolis' RCA Dome, the New England Patriots accused the Indianapolis Colts of pumping in artificial crowd noise when Tom Brady was trying to call signals, according to the Journal-Constitution, but the NFL ruled it was a production mistake by CBS.

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