Panther Fans Take Over Georgia Dome in Panthers Win

Kevin C. Cox

I have to give a huge hat tip to the Panther fans that traveled to Atlanta to root the eventual NFC South champs on to victory. Watching from home it sounded like there were more Panther fans in the Georgia Dome than Falcons fans. Some might say it was the noise that caused the Falcons center to snap the ball prematurely, ending the Falcons come back drive.

You could clearly hear the 'Luuuuuke!' chants and it had to be deafening after Melvin White's pick 6 and Greg Olsen's winning score. Panther fans have never been known to travel well but there is no doubt they did today. So again I can;t say enough about how impressive it was to watch it unfold. I wish I had been there. One guy who didn;t play but made the trip anyway helped from the sideline as much as he could:

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"I could have chosen to be home, but that's not where I needed to be. I needed to be here," said Smith, whose family was in Florida for a youth soccer tournament. "Sitting at home in an empty house with no one around, you talk about lonely and discouraged. That's where you can go really quickly. "So I told one of my buddies, ‘I'm going to be the ugliest cheerleader out there.' I was out there to encourage those guys and just be around them."

The support spilled into the stands, with Panthers fans showing up in droves and turning the Georgia Dome into a home away from home. In their own individual ways, Smith, Davis and Gross – the three longest-tenured Panthers - took it all in. "This is outstanding," Gross said. "We've ended on the road a lot, and we've had some rough games in the past at the end of the year. This is just awesome. We kept believing, kept fighting."

Just as team chemistry helps in the locker room an excited and traveled fan base helps when in hostile territory. So have another victory toast Panther fans! We have something special going and we can all feel it. It's the playoffs and anything can happen.

Clap! Clap! Wooo!

Keep Pounding!

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