Homefield advantage is ideal for a number of reasons. There’s no travel involved. Players and coaches remain settled in their home base routine. Carolina hasn't lost a home game since Week 11 of the 2014 season.
But what’s most exciting for the Panthers is another opportunity to play in front of their crowd.
"It’s night and day when you can play in front of your home crowd and everybody is into the game and everybody is rooting for you," linebacker
When the Panthers were riding a 14-game undefeated streak, they knew the fan support was reaching new heights. But that was made even clearer after the team returned home from its only loss of the year against Atlanta.
"You could see they had our backs, and that means a lot. When you have the city behind you, it’s even more fun."
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The support around the city before and after games has been uplifting for a tight-knit team on a mission. And the support inside Bank of America Stadium on game day has helped raise Carolina’s play throughout the season.
"You just want to do something to make the crowd go wild," cornerback
The top-seeded Panthers know their passionate fans will make playing on their home field in the upcoming NFC Divisional Playoff as advantageous as possible.
"It’s critical for us," Olsen said. "The crowd noise and the energy in the stadium is going to be big. We encourage our crowd to keep that up and let’s take it another level."