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Panthers glad they don’t have to deal with wild-card cold

With temperatures expected to be below zero in Green Bay for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game between the Packers and San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers’ players said they’re happy for the first-round bye and home game next week.

The temperature at the start of the Panthers’ practice Friday was 27 degrees, prompting most players to wear extra layers. Only a few went out in short sleeves, including Kalil, who is from southern California.

Rivera said he liked the way his team practiced in the cold Friday, but that he’s glad they don’t have to deal with it this weekend.

“It’s one of those things, if you let it get in your head it can be a distraction,” Rivera said. “Thankfully for us, we don’t have to worry about that.”

Kuechly noted that three of the wild-card games will be outdoors in cold-weather cities, including his hometown of Cincinnati. The other AFC game will be indoors in Indianapolis.

“Oh, that doesn’t count,” Kuechly said.

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