Super Bowl 50. What fun! This weekend the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Panthers had a stellar year, posting a 17-1 record during the regular and postseason. Perhaps their most impressive win came on January 24th in the NFC Conference final against the Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers started off hot and finished the game with 49 points, allowing only 15 points from the Cardinals. On the other hand, the Broncos had a strong season as well. The team had 12 wins and 4 losses, even with Peyton Manning, the future hall-of-fame quarterback, injured for a few weeks.
The biggest plot lines surrounding this game have to do with each team’s quarterback. On the Broncos’ side, the aging Peyton Manning is taking what is likely his final shot at the Super Bowl. Many sources close to Manning say that he is considering retiring after this game, and at an injured 39, it would make sense for the legend to finally hang up his cleats. The other big story revolves around Cam Newton, the outspoken QB of the Carolina Panthers. Known for his bravado and “dab” celebration, Newton has inspired criticism from many fans. However, it is impossible to disregard his talent: he has produced the most points of any team in the league even with a mediocre receiving core, and is an almost sure shot for the MVP.
As much as I would love to see Peyton go out on top, I don’t think the Broncos have the manpower needed to take down the Panthers. Although the Broncos are the top rated defense in the NFL, the Panthers could be too powerful to stop. The Panthers have taken down the second, third, and fifth best defensive teams this season, and show no signs of slowing down. But regardless of which team you support, it’s looking like a good Super Bowl this weekend.
–Justin Miller, Staff Writer