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The home-field advantage

It's way too late to still be writing about this game, as good of a result as it was. I'll have a more extended "aftermath" blog entry tomorrow, but I have to drop a final note for the night about the crowd. There was so much said and wondered about with the potential blackout and whether it would be a sellout and what that said about the fans. Of course, when you are talking about 60,000 people, if the crowd would have had 3,000 fewer fans, I am guessing it wouldn't have mattered.

In the end, it was amazing, watching the fans twirl the towels, scream at the Falcons' offense and generally play a role. I know fans wonder a) if Ken Whisenhunt is just giving lip service when he praises the fan support and b) if the players really care. In both cases, I think the love is genuine. The Cards don't beat the Falcons Saturday without executing. But I'm not sure they win without the crowd either.

"It was crazy," defensive end Bertrand Berry said. "I have seen this place rock a few times but this place was absolutely electric, every fan screaming. It was tremendous. It definitely disrupted them from an offense standpoint. It was just an added advantage. We appreciate those guys. They have been great all year. That is the advantage we depend on."

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