ENGLEWOOD - One of the benefits of home-field advantage in the playoffs is crowd noise, and the Denver Broncos expect to hear plenty of it on Saturday.
The Broncos hope that one edge they will have over the New England Patriots when they host an AFC divisional playoff game at Invesco Field at Mile High is that the crowd will bother New England and cause them to make some mistakes. “We have the best fans in the country, and they’ll be at their best,” Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan said he noticed plenty of instances in last weekend’s games where crowd noise affected the visiting team. For example, Pittsburgh had many false-start penalties in the first half of their game at Cincinnati on Saturday because of the noise. “I don’t think people realize what an advantage crowd noise is,” Shanahan said. The Broncos were 8-0 at home this season. Players, coaches and owner Pat Bowlen all said they noticed a louder crowd at Invesco Field this season, and the stadium should be at its loudest on Saturday. The Broncos have never hosted a playoff game at Invesco Field. “No matter what you say, that’s a factor,” defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. “There’s no way you can prepare for not being able to hear, and I don’t care what team it is.” CNTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or email@example.com.