Peyton Manning is soaking up what could be the final game of his NFL career.
"Both were very emotional and near tears," team president Joe Ellis told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
"Peyton told a few jokes to lighten the mood," Ellis said, "but then he got very emotional (when talking about what the game meant to him). And so did DeMarcus. The room was silent. It was a very emotional gathering."
Manning has been mum all week about whether he will retire after Super Bowl 50 and did not tell teammates during his final address that it'd be his last game.
Rapoport added that Panthers assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown addressed his team Saturday with an overall message of love and respect of the game.