Super Bowl 2016: Date, Kickoff Time and Panthers vs. Broncos Favorite

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2016

January 26, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; General view of Levi's Stadium during a field preparation press conference prior to Super Bowl 50. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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We're less than a week out from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kicking off Super Bowl 50, and the festivities are already underway in the Bay Area.

On Monday, players and coaches interacted with fans and the media as part of Super Bowl Opening Night, a departure from the normal Tuesday morning media day.

While plenty of "I'm just here so I don't get fined" jokes were made on Twitter, the event produced some memorable moments, including when 14-year-old cancer survivor Austin Denton interviewed Peyton Manning, as Kevin Kaduk of the Shutdown Corner recapped.

As you begin to accept invitations to Super Bowl parties or make preparations to host your own, here's everything you'll need to know about the big game, including which team is favored and how they measure up against one another.


Super Bowl 50

When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV Broadcast: CBS will broadcast the game live and will have hours of pregame coverage prior to kickoff.

Live Stream: This year, will stream the game live. You can also watch on the CBS Sports Channel/App on Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One and Windows 10.


Who's Favored...and Who Will Win

Odds Shark has the spread: Vegas favors the Carolina Panthers by 3.5 points. It's not hard to see why.

As this statistical breakdown of the two teams shows, the Panthers bring a far better offense to the table than the Broncos, and Denver's defense only ranks one spot higher than Carolina's.

During the regular season, the Panthers were the league's top-scoring offense, averaging 32 points per game.

The Broncos defense, however, allowed just 18 points per game, giving it the distinction of being the No. 4 scoring defense in the league, though it was the league's No. 1 defense overall.

The amount of pressure Denver's front seven can get on Cam Newton will be the real key to the matchup.

The Broncos have to prevent Newton from connecting with top target Greg Olsen, and if he does, safety T.J. Ward needs to blanket him. Olsen is having the best season of his career, and combined with Newton's arm and legs, that's going to be a headache for Denver.

Meanwhile, it's not clear that Manning is up to the task of besting Carolina's stout defense. He may have come alive in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, but that doesn't make up for a season of poor play and questionable decision-making.

Another big storyline that will play out over the course of the next week is whether Manning will retire after the game.

Manning would not confirm such plans at Super Bowl Opening Night, as Lindsay Jones of USA Today shared.

While winning one final Super Bowl would be a perfect way for Manning to conclude his career, it doesn't seem likely.

The Panthers have been absolutely lethal all season, and the consistency of their performances stands in stark contrast to the up-and-down nature of the Broncos' year.

This has been Newton and the Panthers' year all along.