According to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com, the fire alarm in the downtown Seattle hotel where the Panthers are staying was activated around 5:30 a.m., forcing the players to gather in a nearby meeting space.
Conor Orr of NFL.com reported that the fire alarm was the cause of a prankster.
Up to an hour after the alarm went off, the players had still not been allowed to return to their rooms. Kickoff for the game is set for 4:05 p.m.
This is not the first time that the fire alarm has gone off at the hotel of a Seahawks’ opponent. The New England Patriots had the alarm activated in their hotel two times in three nights leading up to the Super Bowl.