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Neighbors add Super Bowl flair to Panthers coach Ron Rivera's front yard

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Head coach Ron Rivera and owner Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers smile after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Head coach Ron Rivera and owner Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers smile after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera made an unexpected discovery Saturday morning, as his front yard got some unplanned landscaping.

Thx neighbors! @CoachRiv2 & I appreciate the support 👍🏈🏆 pic.twitter.com/5aS0dlj4DP

— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) January 30, 2016

And Riverboat Ron appreciated it.

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After all, it was quite a different scene than roughly this same time last year, when an overnight fire caused extensive damage to Rivera's home, temporarily forcing him and his family to live elsewhere.

And the support for the Panthers wasn't limited to Rivera's neighborhood. On Friday, Panthers fans turned out in droves for a Super Bowl rally near the team's stadium in downtown Charlotte.

The Panthers will face the Denver Broncos in Super 50 on Feb. 7.