We are a little more than a week away from Super Bowl 50, but that still gives us plenty of time to break down the matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.
First, let's take a look at the relevant info for this year's Super Bowl.
|Location||Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.|
|Time||6:30 p.m. ET|
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As it turns out, that advertisement was the result of a Pittsburgh fan pranking his friend, a Denver fan, after the Broncos beat the Steelers in the divisional round. But the Super Bowl always spurs stories of people going to great lengths to find tickets.
On the field, though, Super Bowl 50 is shaping up to be an exciting contest. It's a matchup of Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and Carolina signal-caller Cam Newton, who is currently one of the NFL's elite and will likely be this season's MVP.
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The best matchup is going to be the Panthers offense against the Broncos defense. The Broncos harassed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the entire AFC Championship Game, hitting Brady 20 times, which is more than any QB was hit all season, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Brady is an outstanding quarterback, but he is not the most nimble athlete once the pocket collapses. Newton, however, is a wizard in and out of the pocket. The Broncos defense won't be able to pin its ears back and just tee off on Newton.
If the rush starts to get home, Newton can break out and turn a potential sack into a 20-yard run in the blink of an eye.
The Panthers also design runs for Newton, who at 6'5", 245 pounds can shake off smaller defenders in the open field. As the breakdown above notes, the Panthers average 143 yards per game on the ground, good for second in the league. The Broncos, on the other hand, surrender only 81 rushing yards a contest, also good for best in the league.
How the Broncos handle Newton and the Panthers run game could end up being the key. If Newton continues to play on an otherworldly level and the defense continues to be solid, the Panthers should win. But if Manning makes enough cerebral plays and the Broncos defense dominates again, Denver can take home the Lombardi Trophy.