No one from the stands came onto the field and threw a pass or sacked Dallas QB Tony Romo, but it’s hard to deny that the Vikings home crowd didn’t have an influence on Sunday’s game.
A crowd of 63,000+ showed up at Mall of America Field to root on their team. Fans had white towels waiting for them on their seats when the gates opened and then they were whipped into a frenzy thanks to several highlight videos prior to kickoff.
Dallas did a good job of keeping their poise by not committing false start penalties or being flagged for delay of game, but those aren’t the only indicators of the impact a raucous home crowd can have on a game.
Several defenders mentioned that Dallas was forced to use a silent count at times during the game, a tactic that is necessary in noisy environments but also gives the defensive a decided advantage.
Another less-tangible impact the crowd can have is that the Vikings defensive players feed off of the energy. The Vikings defense played with lots of energy on Sunday while the crowd never quieted down.
The Vikings home-field advantage is ultimately judged by wins and losses, and the Vikings were 9-0 in their home building this season. The Vikings scoring margins at home since their Week 9 are as follows: +17, +26, +26, +20, +37 and +31.
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