I saw more horns outside Bank of America Stadium Sunday night than I have since the Panthers began playing in Charlotte. Fans of the Minnesota Vikings seemed to work their way into every tailgate, parking lot and pregame party.
The crowd -- Carolina fans as well as Minnesota fans -- was remarkably festive. Give fans a few hours head start and they forget their team is 5-8. Maybe they were just happy to be here. This was by far the toughest Panther ticket of the season.