Of the eight remaining playoff teams, it appears that the Carolina Panthers have the most widespread support – at least based on one count of their jersey sales.
According to a Dick’s Sporting Goods report this week on jersey sales of the teams still in the playoffs, the Panthers lead in 16 different states, more than any of the other teams remaining. With the Panthers, those include the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.
The Panthers apparently lead jersey sales in Kansas and Missouri, beating out the Chiefs in their home states, the report states.
Dick’s based its results on jersey sales at its retail stores and online from April 30, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016.
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The Panthers also are the only NFL team to have three players rank inside the top 20 best-selling jerseys this season: Linebacker Luke Kuechly ( No. 2 overall), quarterback Cam Newton (No. 6 overall) and tight end Greg Olsen (No. 17 overall.)
Of 20 defensive players this season, Kuechly ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Of the offensive players, Newton ranked No. 4 and Olsen ranked No. 15 (Patriots quarterback Tom Brady of ranked No. 1.)
The Panthers play the Seahawks Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.