Belichick preparing for possibly 'loudest stadium we've been in'


Belichick preparing for possibly 'loudest stadium we've been in'

FOXBORO -- Seattle is always known for playing in a louder-than-usual stadium. The Patriots will find out, first-hand, just how loud CenturyLink Field is this Sunday.

And it's safe to assume that Bill Belichick is prepared to crank up the music volume during practice this week.

"I think it might be the loudest stadium that weve been in and were in a lot of loud ones," said the Patriots coach in a conference call on Tuesday. "Ill put that one right up there. Their fans are vocal, its really loud. When we were out there before, four years ago, their record was 2-10. It wasnt very good, and there was a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, a great atmosphere for football. The crowd is totally into it."

The Seahawks are 3-2 this season, and are 2-0 at home, with wins over Dallas and Green Bay.

If Belichick will have his team prepared for anything on Sunday, it will be the crowd noise.

"They do a great job of being loud, causing false start penalties and things like that on the offense," said Belichick. "Seattle has historically played very well at home. Its a huge home-field advantage for them. Record-wise, their record at home has been among the best in the National Football League, really. Theyre right up there with the Packers in the NFC. Absolutely, that will be another big challenge for us. The long trip out there and then the environment, the hostile crowd well be facing. Yes, all that is certainly part of the whole preparation and Seattle week."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter