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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Chrystal Erickson, 34, drove from Charleston on Sunday November 3, 2013 with her son Ethan Erickson, 3, husband Jeff Erickson, 38 and friend Dan Humphries. Ethan came dressed with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sweatshirt and Panthers ears. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Larry Kroger, 29, of Fayetteville, NC grilled hamburgers and bratwurst Sunday before the panthers game. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jasmine Sutton offers a plate of food to another person in their tailgating party before the Panthers game. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kylie Marlow, 7, came decked out in Panthers regalia Sunday. Her favorite Panther is Cam Newton. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Connie and Tommy Byers, of Rock Hill, SC, cooked out steaks, potatoes, and peppers before the game Sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dylan Costner, 11, of Clover, SC, peeks out the truck window before the game Sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Ayden Anderson, 6, tries to out run Auten Rawls, 6, during a game of football before the big game between the Panthers and Falcons. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Sutton family had a birthday party before the Panthers game sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Laine Donlan, 37, of Charlotte, flings a disc during a game of Kan Jam before the Panthers game. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Will Kay, 31, of Charlotte, prepares to score during a game of Kan Jam before the Panthers game. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Daisy Assell, 14, of Harrisburg, NC, came with her father Bill Assell, 60, to the Panthers game Sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mike Cullinane (left, white shirt) competes with his brother, Tom Cullinane (right, gray tee shirt and ball cap) while playing Ladder Ball. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Bryan Partyka (left) makes a toss during a game of Ladder Ball while Beth Schwab waits her turn. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Brysen Ribbeck, 7, catches a pass while waiting for the Panthers and Atlanta to play later Sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mickey White, 49, grills some burgers for Maria Kaltsounis, 9, and her dad Angelo Kaltsounis, 42, Sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Tommy Bell, of Oak Island, NC, donned his Panthers cap before the game sunday. Panthers fans filled parking lots throughout uptown Charlotte Sunday Nov. 3, 2013 eating food, playing games and generally getting ready for their team to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Kids fill Romare Bearden Park uptown to play pick up football as the Panthers play the Falcons on game day Sunday. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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