Philadelphia Eagles fans gave Tom Brady and the New England Patriots an expectedly rude welcome Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
But did "The Linc" take matters into its own hands to make that welcome a little more rude?
As Brady took the field for the Patriots' first drive, 98.5 The Sports Hub color analyst Scott Zolak made an interesting observation on the radio broadcast: From his vantage point in the booth, it sounded like the Eagles were pumping in artificial crowd noise.
During last night's broadcast, @scottzolak stated that he believed the Eagles were pumping in crowd noise. After listening to Brady's first series, there certainly seems to be an abrupt rise in crowd volume level on the radio broadcast.— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) November 18, 2019
A stadium playing fake noise through its speakers is a punishable offense; just ask the Atlanta Falcons, who were fined and docked a 2016 fifth-round NFL Draft pick for a similar offense in 2015.
The Eagles haven't formally been accused of anything, as we only have Zolak's speculation as of Monday morning. But WEEI's "The Greg Hill" show still asked Brady about Zolak's observation Monday morning, and the Patriots quarterback seemed pleased by what Zolak may have uncovered.
"Good job, Zo! I like it," Brady said.
Alas, the 42-year-old QB couldn't corroborate Zolak's story.
"I didn’t notice, but again, those are not the things I would notice. Loud is loud. At one point when you can’t hear, basically it’s like 'loud' and then 'louder,' but you’re really not going to notice the difference much."
Brady and the Patriots offense also rely on silent snap counts and hand signals during road games, so if there was some extra crowd noise, he wasn't rattled by it.
"Once it’s to the point where we have non-verbal communication, it kind of is what it is," Brady said.
Brady and the Patriots offense did just enough to grind out a 17-10 win over Philly and improve to 9-1. They're on to next week's matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, while we'll have to wait and see if anything more comes out of Sunday's "loud" crowd in Philly.
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