Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are expecting a hostile – and loud – environment in Baltimore Sunday night when the team plays the Ravens on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
It’s been a rematch many in Baltimore have been waiting for since Ravens’ kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard game-tying field goal in last January’s AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Brady said during his Wednesday press conference that the team will spend part of the day’s practice preparing for crowd noise, which may be heard throughout town.
“Certainly, communication is an issue when you go on the road,” Brady said. “We’ll be pumping the crowd music in at practice [Wednesday] – you’ll hear that from downtown Foxborough with how loud that is – but we’ll be trying to simulate not being able to hear and still doing a good job of communicating and really being on the same page. That's part of winning on the road. You’re bringing however many guys with you – 53 plus some coaches – and that’s really all you’ve got on the road and hopefully that's all we’ll need.”
While the Patriots passed their first road test in the Sept. 9 season opener at Tennessee, Brady knows Baltimore will present a greater challenge at M&T Bank Stadium.
“We went on the road to Tennessee and that was the opener and they’ve had a bunch of sellouts, so I think we’ve had a little experience on the road,” Brady said. “This place [Baltimore] is a little different. We’ve only really played there one time, which was a tough battle, a 60-minute game. It always comes down to the end with these guys. I don’t know if we’ve ever had an easy game against these guys. They make you earn every yard you get.”