Panthers' fans swell with pride during winning streak

Panthers' fans swell with pride during winning streak

Panthers' fans swell with pride during winning streak

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A current five game winning streak, an upcoming Monday Night Football appearance, and a rematch against Super Bowl nemesis New England Patriots has Carolina Panthers’ fans bursting with pride and excitement.

Sunday's win at San Francisco put the Panthers (6-3) among the NFL elite heading into the last seven games of the season, according to NFL pundits.

The current winning streak shows just how fast a season and fans can change after a 1-3 start.

The Carolina Panthers 2013 calling card is defense really can win games, just like Sunday's 10-9 victory.

"It means we can beat a good team," said Panthers personal seat license holder Jason Helms.

Helms bought middle linebacker Luke Kuechly's jersey Monday morning.  He is counting the hours until the Panthers’ next game, a home Monday Night Football match up against New England, who beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl 10 years ago.

"It should be a blast," Helms said.

Ten years ago is the last time Allen Miller says his family was this excited about the Panthers.  His house rocked Sunday afternoon as the Panthers rolled to their fifth straight win.

"It was loud, basically you could probably hear us outside screaming," Miller said.

Some folks the fans would like quiet are those who started and contributed to Facebook pages calling for the Panthers to fire head coach Ron Rivera and bench quarterback Cam Newton.

The question now is where did those guys go?

"I think they have a little bit of egg on their face now," said Panthers fan Christian Johnson. 

"Those people might have to shut down their Facebook pages and some of their Twitter accounts because they won't have a whole lot to say any more."

One "Fire Ron Rivera" page now says "not sure if I'm keeping this page up much longer."

Now, you'll find tweets from the likes of Sports Illustrated and national commentators saying the Panthers are for real.

"We proved we can beat any given team on any given day," said longtime fan John Gove.

"I think the Monday night game is really going to be a chance for them to capitalize on it and hopefully show America what they're made of," said Johnson.

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