Quarterback Brett Favre threw 25 touchdowns and only two interceptions at home this season as the Vikings went 9-0 and finished with a 34-3 thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo appeared rattled in attempting to run his offense in the deafening environment. Now, the Vikings are about to get a taste of their own medicine.
Minnesota will play in its first NFC title game since the 2000 season on Sunday when it faces the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.
That means Favre is going to be the one operating under adverse conditions, playing against the team for which he grew up rooting as a kid in Mississippi.
"I think you saw with Dallas coming in (Sunday), being a visiting team in a dome is tough," Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell said. "It's just tough to get off on the snap count. Tough to just operate. There's things you do normally. So it will be a tough thing, but we do play well inside and we play well on turf."
Longwell is correct on both counts.
In fact, the Vikings were 11-0 this season playing in domes and on artificial surface. They ended up 4-4 on the road, losing three December games at Arizona, Carolina and Chicago. The defeat at Arizona was played with the roof closed at University of Phoenix Stadium but that was on a natural surface.
The Vikings were only 2-4 playing on grass. Coach Brad Childress said the Vikings already are preparing for dealing with the noise in the Superdome and that they regularly work on a silent snap count in practices.
The Vikings also practice in their indoor facility with noise blaring for portions of the Wednesday and Thursday sessions to prepare for games like they will face Sunday. It's a game that tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is glad will be played inside.
"I like staying indoors," he said. "With our track record, we put up more points indoors. I don't know why. I kind of don't care why. We're going to play in a dome again. Same type of environment. Same type of turf. So we usually explode on turf."