It may not be a well-known fact around the league, but the Atlanta Falcons have some inconsistent fans.
Fans will sometimes start showing up into the first quarter, sometimes they are silent, and sometimes they cheer at the wrong time.
Warren Sapp would remember during his playing days how when they would come to Atlanta he would smile seeing so many Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans in the seats.
Of course, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not coming to town. The New Orleans Saints are and when they do, Atlanta fans usually show up in a respectable number.
How much of a 12th man effect do they provide to the Falcons? The Saints have won the last 3 out of 4 match-ups against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome.
The Saints have never scored less than 17 points in the Georgia Dome during the Payton era. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for six touchdowns and two interceptions in the Georgia Dome in their last three games.
Not exactly great homefield advantage in the Georgia Dome for the Falcons. The battle for control of the fans will be another element of the game that could push a very tight contest, one way or the other.
The last time the Falcons played in the Georgia Dome, Matt Ryan had his worst game of the season throwing five interceptions and no touchdowns.
Some of the Falcons fans (that actually showed up) took an early exit. If the Saints can get on top early in the first quarter, those fans may be utilizing the same game plan.