SANTA CLARA -- Corral 70,000 people in a group just about anywhere and you can generate a lot of noise. Put a giant bowl over their heads and you might get something like what the 49ers will experience Sunday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, site of the NFC Championship Game and the fourth indoor game the 49ers will play this season.
The 49ers are 1-2 this year in indoor stadiums, losing at Minnesota and St. Louis and winning at New Orleans. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who will have to communicate across the din, started the latter two of those games.
Offensive tackle Joe Staley said Monday on 95.7 The Game that the Georgia Dome is "a loud stadium just like any of the other domes in the NFL, so we expect that. But we've played well on the road in hostile environments.
"As far as offense, we really prepared," Staley told the radio station. "We took a lot of time throughout the season. It's not just going to be, oh, well, we're playing in a loud environment this week, so we've got to practice just for one week. We've been practicing and preparing for loud environments all season, so we'll be ready to go."
The Falcons are 34-8 at home, including 1-1 in the playoffs, in five seasons under head coach Mike Smith. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Monday the 49ers will take the usual measure of pumping crowd noise into practice this week. Of course, the 49ers wouldn't mind playing another indoor game after Sunday. Super Bowl XLVII will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans.
-- Matt Kawahara