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Canes Cheer on Panthers in Charlotte

Eight players sport Christian McCaffrey's No. 22 jerseys

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes have cast their vote for the National Football League's Most Valuable Player.

Decked out in Keep Pounding shirts and hats and black Carolina Panthers jerseys with Christian McCaffrey's No. 22, eight Hurricanes players spent their day off on Sunday in Charlotte cheering on the Panthers.

Video: Caroliana Hurricanes Watched A Carolina Panthers Game

"I've become a huge Canes fan since I've been here, and I love hockey. Seeing them all wear my jersey was funny," McCaffrey told the press after the game. "That meant a lot. I was happy they got to come out, and hopefully after the season, we get to watch them go deep in a playoff run."

On the field for the last few minutes of the Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans, Jordan Martinook, always one to bring the hype, sparked an "MVP!" chant. It had already echoed throughout the stadium earlier in the game, as the Panthers' star running back finished the day with 166 yards and three touchdowns.

Tweet from @Canes: FINISH THEM, @PANTHERS! #KeepPounding #LetsGoCanes

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Jordan Martinook casts his vote for MVP.������ CMC🔲 Everyone else

Tweet from @SirPurr: Stick. Gloves. Jersey! @Canes 🏒

After the game, the Hurricanes lined the Panthers' tunnel for celebratory fist bumps.

Tweet from @Canes: Safe to say @LukeKuechly was fired up!#KeepPounding

McCaffrey was the last through the tunnel. He stopped to sign everyone's jersey and posed for a group picture.

"It's a bunch of me's!" he joked.

Tweet from @Canes: ���It���s just a bunch of me���s, dude.��� 😂#KeepPounding l #LetsGoCanes

Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon helped organize the excursion. Panthers owner David Tepper, who joined a handful of his players for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in May, stopped by the 50-yard line suite to visit with the Canes.

Tweet from @Canes: Thanks for hosting us today, @panthers! 👊#KeepPounding

Tweet from @Canes: Everybody���s in the CMC Fan Club

Just as a number of Panthers experienced their first live hockey game in May, getting a crash course in rules from Luke Kuechly and McCaffrey, so too was Andrei Svechnikov seeing his first live football game. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Martinook helped explain the ins and outs of possessions and field goals and touchdowns - like the score Friday in the Canes' win over Detroit.

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: 𝘾𝙈𝘾

Tweet from @Canes: LET���S GOOOOO#KeepPounding

A Sunday afternoon well-spent at the gridiron.

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: 𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝔽𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕪#KeepPounding x #LetsGoCanes

Instagram from @brettpesce22: Solid W for the Panthers. Thanks for the pic @christianmccaffrey

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