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The Carolina Panthers secured home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs today in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

FOX8 had two crews in Charlotte — check out the blog below for the latest on the game and crowds.

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FOX8 reporter Sarah Krueger and photographer Eddie Hughes are approaching Charlotte – stay with this blog for the latest.

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We’re pulling up to the Bank of America stadium! Who is ready for some football?

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FOX8 photographer Eddie Hughes eyes Bank of America stadium. Beautiful sunshine-y day for some football.

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We have our parking pass, now we just need to find our lot! ~Sarah Krueger

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Wow Eddie Hughes just got this shot of Bank of America stadium – awesome!

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Couldn’t ask for better weather! 

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Everyone wants some Panthers gear!

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First Panthers game for this Mocksville couple. They got tickets as a Christmas present.

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Fans, fans and more fans

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Sarah Krueger says maybe she needs some face paint!

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“I’ve always pulled for them because they’re my home team. I don’t care how they do.” – Eddie Woodall of Willow Spring, NC

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Fans are filing in! Game time is 4:25 p.m.

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Bank of America stadium is filing up, should be a full house today!

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Warm up time! Photos by FOX8 photographer Eddie Huges.

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Defensive end Jared Allen warming up before the game.

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Cam Newton takes the field during pre-game warm up

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15 fathers and sons came all the way from New Jersey to cheer on the Panthers

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Panthers Percussion Drum Line marching toward the stadium

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Phillip Newsome from Winston-Salem. He calls himself a “Panther fireman”

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FOX8 Sports Anchor Kevin Connolly in the house!

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Panthers in the Park

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The FOX8 crew for today’s Panthers coverage. Photojournalist Eddie Hughes, Sports Anchor Kevin Connolly and photojournalist Joe McKlosky. Not pictured: reporter Sarah Krueger!

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We’re nearing game time… and crowds outside Bank of America stadium are thinning.

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Filming the final trickle of fans heading in!

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Panthers score! Panthers up 7-3.

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Crowd yelling “MVP” after Cam Newton runs in for a touchdown.

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FOX8’s Eddie Hughes

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FOX8’s Sarah Krueger

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Sarah’s credentials, now she’s heading inside Bank of America stadium

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Graham Gano’s field goal is good (50 yards) 10-3 Panthers

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Panthers interception! (Thomas Davis Sr.)

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TOUCHDOWN CAROLINA! (Artis-Payne) 17-3 Panthers

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When at a Panthers game…

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Sunset from Bank of America stadium

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Touchdown Carolina (Cotchery)! Panthers now up 24-3. #KeepPounding

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A popular shirt today

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A view into the stadium

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Joe Webb (Carolina) just picked up a fumble. 

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Touchdown Panthers (Cam!) 31-3 Carolina

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A smiling Panthers fan. Photo by Sarah Krueger.

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Photobomb!

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Tampa Bay socres a touchdown … 31-10 Carolina

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Cam Newton celebrates after Panthers score a touchdown in the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Cam Newton reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Alterraun Verner #21 and Jude Adjei-Barimah #38 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Devin Funchess #17 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Devin Funchess (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Panthers interception! (Robert McClain)

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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Think he has a chance? (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Lots of musicians played outside Bank of American Stadium today (photo by Sarah Krueger)

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Touchdown Carolina! This time to Funchess. Carolina 38-10. Time to take Cam Newton out of the game?

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Cam Newton has done his job, gets a break

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Kuechly and Davis are out as well.

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Cam handed out a lot of footballs today. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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38-10 final!

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Fans filing out of the stadium

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Coach Rivera at post-game presser (photos by Eddie Hughes/FOX8)

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Cam Newton at post-game presser