Super Bowl LI: Panthers Fans Rooting Guide

Feb 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general view of the Super Bowl logo on the George R. Brown Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl LI. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

While most of America has an easy decision for rooting interests, Carolina Panthers fans are stuck in a lose-lose situation…

If only both teams could lose is how many Carolina Panthers fans are feeling regarding the upcoming Super Bowl in Houston. A game with one of the two teams to defeat Carolina in their Super Bowl appearances (New England) against a divisional rival (Atlanta) is a worst case scenario.

Everyone hates the Patriots. They have been in seven Super Bowls since 2001 and they almost always are in the AFC Championship. America, being the lover of the underdog has rooted against New England in almost every single one since their first upset win.

This includes the painful loss that fans of the Panthers felt first hand against this team in 2004. The Patriots needed a kickoff out of bounds and a last second field goal to ruin Carolina’s first chance at bringing home the Lombardi trophy.

With “Spygate”, “Deflategate”, and all kinds of other small gates surrounding this team they are not only the goliath we want to see knocked down, they are the goliath that plays so close to the line of cheating many would just wish they would go away and never come back. Seems like an easy case to make for rooting for the…oh no.

Panthers’ fans rooting for the Atlanta Falcons just sounds too weird. They are a division rival and like the Panthers have yet to win a Super Bowl. So while the Patriots have their plethora of rings and adding another puts the Panthers that much farther away from NFL dominance, having the Falcons win a Super Bowl may sting just a bit more.

The Patriots already have their win over Carolina in the Super Bowl. If the Falcons add in a win over the Patriots, it is another feather in their cap and something the Panthers couldn’t do that the Falcons did. While the Panthers are only reminded of the Patriots loss once every four years, when they play, they play the Falcons twice every season. Nobody wants to hear twice a year how the Falcons have one more ring than the Panthers and how the Panthers couldn’t beat Tom Brady, but the mighty Falcons did.

It brings up a very tough decision for Panthers fans this Sunday. We can’t decide between two evils, so who are you rooting for?

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