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Giants manage to communicate in loud new stadium

Eli Manning of the New York Giants directs

Eli Manning of the New York Giants directs his team in the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 3, 2016 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

MINNEAPOLIS — The Metrodome was loud. Its successor, shiny new U.S. Bank Stadium, seems to be louder — even with its 95-foot-tall doors behind one end zone opened on a lovely early autumn evening for Monday night’s visit by the Giants.

The din certainly seemed to be a factor in the Giants’ 24-10 loss. Eli Manning struggled to be heard as he gestured to teammates while getting everyone properly aligned at the line of scrimmage — or at least attempting to do so.

“It’s a loud stadium,” Manning said. “We were having to run up and down the line of scrimmage to repeat some calls. It definitely got loud at times. Overall, we did a good job of communicating.”

Receiver Victor Cruz said it was “up there” among the loudest stadiums in which he has played.

“The crowd made a lot of noise, and it’s a packed house and it’s indoors,” he said.

Coach Ben McAdoo downplayed that angle, saying: “I don’t think the crowd noise was an issue. It is loud here, but I thought we handled the crowd noise and we didn’t have any penalties because of the crowd noise. I thought communication was clean for the most part. This is a tough place to play.”

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