The NFL is investigating the Atlanta Falcons' use of artificial crowd noise inside the Georgia Dome during the past two seasons, ESPN reports.

The Falcons are likely to get some sort of punishment. Sources say it could be a fine, or even a loss of an NFL draft pick.

"We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games," a Falcons team spokesman said. "We have cooperated fully with them, and we're awaiting the outcome."

The artificial crowd noise probably didn't help Atlanta much. They were 3-5 at home this season, including a 34-3 blowout loss in Week 17 at home that would've given them a playoff berth.


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