With the NFC Championship only two days away, Sean Payton is sending a friendly message to Saints fans attending the game this weekend.
The New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in a rematch of their Week 9 matchup.
Los Angeles defeated Dallas in the divisional round, meanwhile New Orleans escaped with a win over Philadelphia in large part because of a late interception from Marshon Lattimore.
Although both teams are evenly matched heading into this showdown, the Saints have one significant advantage on their side.
Payton realizes that his team feeds off the energy from their fans, which is why he’s actually giving tips on how the crowd should behave for this crucial playoff game.
“I think what’s important for our fan base is understanding when that crowd noise needs to begin differently this week than normal weeks,” Payton said. “That crowd noise needs to begin prior to 15 seconds left (on the play clock).”
Listen to his message here:
bring the noise earlier ?
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 17, 2019
Since Payton became the head coach of New Orleans, the Saints are 6-0 in postseason games at home.
Drew Brees will definitely play an important role in this showdown, but his production won’t be the only deciding factor. With the Rams leaning on Todd Gurley and C.J. Andersen to lead their rushing attack, it’s crucial that the Saints can avoid giving up big plays on the ground.
Los Angeles and New Orleans are set to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The game will be on FOX with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.