There are always discussions about the best venue for football, and it always comes down to an open stadium like the Patriots have or a dome. Since the old-school artificial turf is no longer a factor as most stadiums have the same synthetic turf, the one big difference from a regular stadium to a dome is the crowd noise.
And with a team like the Falcons, the crowd can become a real factor.
This is something that the Patriots are going to have to worry about a little. It is not a deciding factor in the game, but if the Falcons get rolling, the crowd is going to be wild in Atlanta and the stadium will be very loud. This is only going to make it more difficult for Tom Brady to not only call plays, but call all of his audibles and tell his team where the blitz is coming from.
If the other players are having trouble hearing Brady, they could miss blocking responsibilities or hear the wrong plays, which is only going to slow the offense down.
This is not the first time Brady has played in a dome, especially a loud one. Brady and Peyton Manning had many battles in the old RCA dome when Manning was still with the Indianapolis Colts. That was a loud place to play in, and there were rumors of the Colts playing crowd noise through the speakers to make it louder.
Brady will find a way to work around the noise, and I expect the Patriots to be right in the game. That said, in a two-minute situation at the end of the game, the crowd could be a big factor. Atlanta has a ton of talent, and this is just another thing to add to the list of things to watch Sunday night.