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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Waters on Gillette Stadium crowd noise

By Mike Rodak



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots earned homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs on Sunday, meaning they will have the benefit of playing in front of their home crowd.

But is that as big of an advantage in New England as it could be?

On Tuesday, guard Brian Waters was asked about how the crowd noise at Gillette Stadium compares to his former home, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

"Good question," Waters responded before a few moments of awkward laughter. "It's a tough question. You're right, I have played in some loud places, and this place can be loud -- at times."

A reporter then followed up with whether Waters thought the Foxborough crowd could be louder.

"You said that," Waters retorted with a smile. "I didn't say that."

Another reporter asked Waters if Gillette Stadium's reputation as a quieter venue was because fans had such high expectations for their team.

"I have no idea. This is my first year here. You have to ask someone who's been here a long period of time," Waters responded. "I'm not going to get into that one. That's not a good situation to really comment on."