Panthers watch Phelps win gold at preseason game against Ravens

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In the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, the action came to a halt. It wasn’t because a crazed fan ran onto the field to hug Cam Newton. It wasn’t due to an injury.

The game paused for a moment because Michael Phelps was swimming in Rio.

The Ravens honored their hometown Olympic hero by playing his 200-meter individual medley on the video board during a break in the action, about 20 minutes after Phelps’ race occurred. Fans and players were overcome with joy and excitement as Phelps took home the 22nd gold medal of his career, continuing his dominance in the pool.

Newton, who’s one of football’s biggest stars, was in awe of Phelps and reflected on the historic significance of the race on Thursday night.

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