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Panthers' coach Ron Rivera thanks fans for support

Carolina Panthers' head coach, Ron Rivera, speaks during a press conference Monday. (Pam Escobar | WBTV) Carolina Panthers' head coach, Ron Rivera, speaks during a press conference Monday. (Pam Escobar | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The day after the Panthers won the NFC Championship, Coach Ron Rivera explained they are focused on the Denver Broncos and getting to California for the Super Bowl. Players spent Monday making arrangements for themselves and their families.

With the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, it's sort of a homecoming for the head coach. Rivera says he is thankful he'll be able to visit with his mom, dad and brothers. He lived 40 miles away and says the hard thing is tickets because they are at a premium.

He realizes the home field advantage during the playoffs was special. All the local fans won't be able to go to the Super Bowl.

"It's been very special for this organization to have the fans' support the way they have and not just this year but all five of my seasons," Rivera said, "I'm really grateful that they've supported us. And for those that do make the trip, I hope they're loud, I really do."

Rivera spoke during a Monday press conference at Bank of America stadium. The confetti was still on the field from Sunday night's victory celebration.

He says the team will treat this week as a regular work week with the same type of preparation and pace as a regular week. The Panthers will act as if the game was this Sunday.

They'll be in Charlotte for the week and fly out Sunday to San Jose. 

Rivera says he believes injured linebacker Thomas Davis will do what he can to play in the Super Bowl. Davis made that vow Sunday night after explaining he broke his arm.

"I have no doubt as long as things continue to heal like it's suppose to," Rivera said. Rivera says Davis' wife told him he is in recovery and doing well.

Rivera says the athletic trainers will take a look Tuesday. Rivera says if everything goes well, it's his understanding it's something Davis can play with. 

Fans have been filling the team store at the stadium to get their hands on the NFC Championship t-shirts. Rivera says he's thankful for their consistent support even in the tough times.

"Last night, I think was a culmination of what we've worked for and aspired to become as a football team and as an organization," Rivera said, "And just knowing that our fan base was there, that was awesome."

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