The New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers both have big time home field advantages combing for 15 wins and one loss at home this season. Saturday's NFC divisional round game will be played in San Francisco so the 49ers have some edge there but the oddsmakers still favor the Saints.
49ers QB Alex Smith, who is having a solid, relatively mistake-free season, spoke with the media this week about why he's been able to play better at home this year.
"I don't know. It's a great question. Obviously crowd noise plays into that, especially on third down when you're trying to throw the ball on the road. Anywhere you go you're going to be dealing with crowd noise. So at home, to be able to use the cadence and be able to communicate a little easier, verbally obviously helps. I think that might play into it."
Drew Brees and the Saints seem to score just about anywhere. In addition to the crowd noise, the 49ers obviously need pressure from their defensive linemen and linebackers to knock Brees out of his rhythm.