Nothing is more disheartening to a home team than to have less support than expected in their own home stadium. It is even worse for a team like the Cowboys, who are used to having significant support on the road as well as at home. Athletes can suggest that they don't hear the crowd, but they most certainly do.
Audience can be a big motivator.The noisy, supporting audience thrills the players, doubles their efforts to win the game and demotivates the opposing team players. Recent Cowboys vs. 49ers game is a close example of the above. Unfortunately, the Cowboys played a home game, where the stronger support was for the guest team.
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No, I don't think the home team plays any different. I really think teams play basically the same at home no matter what the fan base. I really feel that the crowd often has little effect on the game itself. I think if the crowd shows up for another team then it just does not make much a difference at all.
The constant movement of players from team to team in the NFL reinforces the notion that most players have little loyalty to the city they play in or for the fans that cheer them. That a game might be attended by a large number of the opposing teams fans has little bearing on the ability of the players to execute the game plan they spend countless hours practicing.