The Panthers decided not to do a blackout look, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, which fans voted as the greatest uniform combination in league history just two years ago in an NFL.com poll.
The only selection not available was the Panthers’ customary all white that they’ve worn both at home and on the road, including in their pair of playoff wins in Charlotte.
The Broncos had the first jersey selection as the AFC champion, which is the home team every even year, and chose their road outfits of white on Monday.
The Feb. 7 game will be on a neutral field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, meaning jersey selection and the coin flip are really the only factors showing which team is home and which is away.
But Broncos president John Elway revealed Monday that Denver will go with white out of slight superstition, as the team is 0-4 in the Super Bowl while wearing orange, including a 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago. Denver is 1-1 in the big game when wearing white.
“We’ve had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms,” Elway said, per Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press.
Remarkably, teams wearing white jerseys have won 10 of the past 11 Super Bowls, according to Paul Lukas of ESPN.com.
Carolina is 0-2 in the playoffs when wearing black, and in its last Super Bowl appearance in 2004, it wore white in a 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots.
While talent and coaching will ultimately outweigh superstitions, the Broncos are hoping to get any edge they can as 3.5-point underdogs, per Odds Shark.
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