In the past few months, and really over the past few years, much criticism has been levied on the fans at Gillette Stadium for the lack of noise during home games. Even the players, Tom Brady included, talked about the “friendly environment” at the stadium. I, myself, have been critical of the folks populating the seats at “The Razor.” It seemed as though success lulled the stadium-goers into a sense of comfort and relaxation, that perhaps no matter what, the Patriots were going to win. In most cases, they did just that. However, Gillette Stadium had turned into sort of a comfort zone for an opposing quarterback. He never had to worry about communication issues due to noise and could make the proper adjustments with little confusion. Monday night, that all seemed to change.
I can’t recall, except for maybe during the playoffs in the Dynasty years, Gillette Stadium being as loud as it was on Monday night. You could feel the excitement from the home crowd and certainly hear the noise in the stadium. My friend who was at the game said that the place rockin’ the whole night. I got that sense as well during the Colts game, but figured it was because of the general dislike of Peyton Manning throughout New England. Of course, there’s hatred of New York and their Jets throughout New England as well, but Monday night seemed different. Perhaps the return of Tedy Bruschi for “Tedy Bruschi Night” helped. Perhaps Rex Ryan’s big mouth caused the fans at Gillette to show him theirs. But perhaps it’s something more.
These Patriots have a “Super” feel to them, even with a struggling defense. That defense turned in their best performance of the season on Monday, and perhaps that can be partly attributed to the energy in the stadium. I certainly hope this continues throughout the rest of the season and hopefully into two home playoff games in January. The “Super” Patriots are back, and so too it seems is the energy that has been severely lacking at Gillette Stadium.