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Panthers’ Ron Rivera quips that media crush is sign of ‘something big’

When Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera walked into the media room Wednesday, he looked at the large crowd and quipped: “There must be something big going on.”

Nearly 40 media members showed up, at least two times the usual turnout for a typical Wednesday, ahead of Sunday’s NFC playoff game against the San Francisoc 49ers (1:05 p.m., Bank of America Stadium).

The group included reporters from the New York Times, the Philadelphia Daily News, USA Today and a Canadian sports network.

Rivera, who won a Super Bowl as a player, said he told his players the increased attention comes with the territory.

“I talk about this is where you guys got yourselves to because you’ve become relevant. You’ve done the things you needed to to be relevant,” Rivera said. “Now to stay relevant you better go out and seize your moment.”

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