Saints' chase for indoor crowd noise record falls short


New Orleans Saints fans dress as defensive coordinator Rob Ryan cheer in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

Not everything went right in the Saints' 31-13 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome -- the team's bid to break the Guinness world record for loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports stadium fell short by fewer than four decibels, officials said Monday.

The Saints (10-3) distributed 75,000 rally towels and urged the crowd to get as loud as possible at key intervals in the game to break the indoor sports stadium noise record of 126 decibels, set at a Sacramento Kings basketball game Nov. 15. But the loudest it got in the Superdome on Sunday night was 122.6 decibels, Guinness World Records said.

The effort was organized after fans in Seattle set a record for loudest crowd roar in an outdoor sports stadium (136.6 decibels) during the Seahawks' 34-7 win over the Saints on Dec. 2.

The fruitless chase for the noise record at the Superdome was utterly inconsequential, however. Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 30-of-42 passing for 313 yards and four touchdowns, and New Orleans sacked Panthers QB Cam Newton five times to take a one-game lead in the NFC South over Carolina (9-4).