Cam Newton expects a playoff-like atmosphere Sunday in Seattle, but the Carolina Panthers quarterback isn’t buying that the Seahawks’ 12th Man fan base is the loudest in the league.
“I can’t say this stadium is the loudest that we’ve ever heard before because we’ve played in some loud places,” Newton said Wednesday. “I’m not trying to disrespect them, nor disrespect any other place because loud is loud.
“When it’s third-and-4 in the fourth quarter with three minutes left and you’ve got to get a first down, I like to put Bank of America (Stadium) up against anybody in the nation, in the world.”
Newton is 0-4 against the Seahawks, including a 31-17 playoff loss at CenturyLink Field in January. The Panthers trailed 24-10 and were driving when Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor intercepted Newton and returned it for a 90-yard touchdown.
But Newton suggested the Panthers handled the crowd noise well in the playoff game at Seattle, pointing out both teams were called for only one false start penalty. Backup lineman Chris Scott had the Panthers’ lone false start, which came on a field goal try in which Chancellor leaped over the line.
Opponents have averaged 1.68 false starts per game at CenturyLink Field since 2005, the second most in the league over that span. (Opponents have averaged 1.73 false starts at Arizona.)
“You would think going into a stadium of this magnitude, they call themselves the 12th Man, that it alters the approach,” Newton said. “It does to a degree. But yet going back and looking at the statistics last year we had one false start, they had a false start as well.”