The Panthers’ first loss of the season means disappointed fans with mixed emotions. The team now has a record of 14-1 after the loss against the Atlanta Falcons.
We caught up with fans today who shared their thoughts about the game and if the outcome will slow down their support for the Panthers.
Jacqueline Carr, who considers herself a big Panthers fan, says she lost her voice watching the game…
“I was like ‘Run Cam run the ball! Don’t throw it. We need to win this game!’” she said.
Carr says she thought this would be the perfect season. She enjoyed watching her favorite team on their quest to remain undefeated, until now.
“I anticipated Atlanta would come back with a vengeance, because we beat them just a few weeks ago,” she said.
Now that the Panthers lost their first and only game all season long, some fans believe this takes a huge pressure off the team.
“I don’t think it changes a whole lot for us going into the playoffs. We’re still the best team in the NFL,” Will Oswald said.
Panthers dead coach Ron Rivera says seeing fans remain supportive after the loss was an emotional experience.
“The hardest thing to do yesterday was get off the bus and see the welcome we got. Because I felt like we disappointed them. I really did,” Rivera said.
“While some fans tell us they were devastated by the loss against the Falcons, others say it’s the right kind of motivation that happened at a perfect time.”
“They’re already humbled. So it keeps them focused as their coach has been saying all year,” Carr explained.
Fans believe there’s still a lot to be proud of and a lot more to look forward to this football season.
Panthers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday. That’s their last scheduled regular season game.