Anybody who claims defensive football is boring did not watch Carolina beat San Francisco 10-9 Sunday. You wanted points, first downs or yards in this one, you had to earn them.
There should have been grass sticking out of helmets and frozen breath coming out of the players mouths. There should have been mud and dirt. This should have been televised in black and white.
I can't remember the last time Carolina played a game as tense or as taut. This was the kind of game that drains fans. But those that were pulling for the Panthers were rewarded.
The Panthers have won five straight. They beat a good team on the road in a stadium noted for noise. And they came back. They were down 9-0. They took some early shots. And they shook them off, kept their poise and rallied to win.
This was something.
No reason for it to stop.