NFL playoffs: 49ers need to deal with the loud to make things clear in Seattle

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Seattle gets so loud, in fact, not only does it help cause tremors, but place kicker Phil Dawson can’t even hear when his foot makes contact with the ball.

“There’s no comparison,” defensive tackle Ray McDonald said. “Playing in college, NFL, that’s the loudest stadium I’ve ever played in. I can see why it gives offenses trouble, it’s just so loud you can’t really make the checks you want to.”

Cornerback Carlos Rogers has one answer to bringing down the noise level.

“Once we start winning, the first points on the board, that will take all the fans out of it,” said Rogers, who participated in his first practice after missing the last two playoff games with a strained right hamstring.

The 49ers have already won at bitter cold Green Bay and at Carolina in the NFC divisional playoff round last week, and they know this is another challenging step in their quest for a return trip to the Super Bowl to chase the franchise’s sixth championship.

And when it comes to Seattle’s raucous “12th man” crowd, which even affects the home team at times, Kaepernick offers a gentle reminder.

“We only have 11 on the field,” he said, “just like them.”

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