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New Orleans Saints go up against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend not only needing to get the better of one of the best teams in the NFL - but also silence one of most raucous crowds in world sport.

The fans at CenturyLink Field are known to be amongst the loudest in the world - and their celebrations when they faced off against the Saints in the regular season even registered as a minor Earthquake on the richter scale.

In the same game, they also reclaimed the record for the loudest crowd noise ever, with their cheers hitting 137.6 decibels.

It will come as no surprise to find out that the Seahawks brushed aside the Saints in that game, running out 34-7 winners.

With the Saints seeing off the Philadelphia Eagles in the wildcard round, the two teams will go head to head once more this weekend with a place in the Championship game up for grabs.

New Orleans have been doing their bit to anticipate the conditions they'll face on Saturday however. Coach Sean Pyaton has had the Seahawks logo painted on his team's practice field and had them playing on slick pitches in anticipation of rain.

“We prepared for it, and you could say we overanalyzed it,” fullback Jed Collins told The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“It’s on the road, it’s loud. It’s always loud. But this time we’re ready for it, just like I think we were last time.”

Quarter-back Drew Brees had a night to forget against the Seahawks in December - but says both he and his team-mates are doing all they can to avoid a repeat performance.

“That’s all part of the little things we do through the week to prepare ourselves," he explained.

"It’s just knowing your elements and just put yourself in the moment as much as you can.

"It’s in the indoor facility as well. Just knowing that you’re going to see a lot of those colors when you step into that stadium and preparing to play your best on the practice field and hope that carries over.”

Linebacker Curtis Lofton adds that revenge is certainly on the Saints' mind going into the showdown.

“This is definitely going to be a personal game. They embarrassed us last time. We definitely don’t want that to happen again. So we’re going to go out and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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