Where would sports be without surprises? Where would we be? We wouldn't be in the bleachers. Unlikely outcomes are one of the reasons we keep coming back.
Carolina's 13-10 victory against Seattle Sunday was an unlikely outcome. Nothing the Panthers did in their first 13 games prepared fans for what they saw Sunday.
The defense was dominant, the home team avoided its almost weekly third-quarter swoon and the new guy, Matt Moore, played with a poise that was remarkable for a rookie who had spent the season as a fourth-quarter substitute.
Fans like new guys. New is why we get so excited about draft picks and potential draft picks. In Moore they have another new guy -- along with Jon Beason and the almost new Richard Marshall -- to get excited about.
The idea of Moore going against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, the team that discovered him, signed him and released him, enhances an already compelling game.
Why is the game compelling? It involves the Cowboys, who wear the star and have an enormous following in Charlotte and everywhere else, and it's Saturday night.
The Seattle game was for football fans, many of whom bought tickets from season-ticket holders or were given tickets. They wanted to be there.
Saturday is for everybody. Bank of America Stadium will be jammed.