The Superdome was absolutely rocking for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — like, more so than the Rams anticipated.
Los Angeles played a sloppy first half that was plagued with communication issues while Saints fans brought the kind of noise that shook water bottles and collapsed ceilings.
Jared Goff simply could not hear. In the first half, the Fox broadcast pointed at the Rams staff trying to make adjustments to Goff’s helmet. They removed the audio unit, looking for any solution. The helmet’s radio was broken.
Even when the radio was fixed, Goff struggled to hear the coaching staff.
The Rams eventually settled on a much more primitive fix: tape.
They taped the ear holes from under Goff’s helmet in an effort to keep the crowd noise out and amplify the audio unit’s volume. It was subtle, but fans noticed.
I’m not sure how effective tape can actually be in this sort of situation, but the Rams were desperate to soften the noise. It was almost like the Rams didn’t expect the Superdome to be loud, which was perplexing.
Worth a try.