Super Bowl 50: Panthers vs. Broncos Game Time, Predictions and TV Schedule

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2016

Feb 3, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi Trophy at the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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With just days until Super Bowl 50 kicks off in Santa Clara, California, it's time to get down to brass tacks and start predicting some outcomes.

The most popular predictions for any Super Bowl matchup are, of course, winner and MVP, but there are some zany scenarios as well, from the color of the sports drink poured on the winning coach to the probability of the coin toss coming up heads or tails.

We'll break down all the pertinent information you need to know in terms of kickoff time and the TV schedule for the game, and then we'll get into the juicy predictions for outcomes and prop bets.


Super Bowl 50 Quick Facts

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.


Super Bowl Predictions

Winner: Carolina Panthers

According to Odds Shark as of Feb. 4, the Panthers are 5.5-point favorites heading into Sunday's game, and it's hard to imagine the Broncos pulling an upset.

Sure, Denver boasts one of the league's best defenses, having finished the regular season first overall and fourth in scoring defense. But is the unit really ready to attempt to contain the Panthers offense and all it entails?

If it tries to take away the passing game for Cam Newton, he'll use his legs or look to running back Jonathan Stewart. Denver boasts a stout front seven, but its secondary will have to contend with Newton's favorite target, Greg Olsen, who had the best season of his career in 2015.

And even if Denver can manage to prevent Carolina from running up the score, can Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense really hope to outscore the Panthers?

Unless the Broncos are planning to score multiple touchdowns via their defense or special teams, it's hard to see them upstaging Carolina on the national stage.


MVP: Cam Newton

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If you like drama and unexpected outcomes, then the announcement of the Super Bowl MVP will not thrill you.

Quite honestly, this has been Newton's award to lose for most of the 2015 season. The Panthers were in trouble heading into the regular season after losing top weapon Kelvin Benjamin, but that didn't faze Newton.

In fact, as points out, Newton truly shouldered the heavy load this season, alone accounting for 80 percent of the team's touchdowns.

That's a lot of points.

Of course, those are all reasons why Newton should win the NFL MVP award, but he'll have to keep up his winning ways to win it in the Super Bowl, too.

But this is Newton's team, and everyone else is just playing on it, so that shouldn't be hard to do.


Coin Toss: Tails

You have a 50-50 shot of winning your call on the coin toss...unless you're the Green Bay Packers and the coin does not, in fact, flip.

But the vast majority of the time, you have two options: heads or tails. So is there really any strategizing when it comes to this prediction?

OK, not really. But according to Odds Shark, in five of the last seven Super Bowls, the coin has landed on heads.

So even though technically speaking the coin has the same 50-50 odds each new time it is flipped, we have to go with tails on this one. Because the coin coming up heads in six of eight Super Bowls just seems freaky.


Gatorade Shower Color: Orange

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers is doused with Gatorade by Charles Johnson #95 and Cam Newton #1 after the Carolina Panthers defeat the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 in the NFC Championship Game at
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Is there really a rhyme or reason to betting on the color of the liquid contained in the Gatorade shower awaiting the winning coach after his sweet victory?

Why yes, actually, there is.

First, we must establish which colors are available to bet on. Odds Shark lists seven possibilities: orange, yellow, clear, blue, red, green and purple.

So from there, aren't we just guessing? Not quite; there is actually some data to back up your bet here.

Assuming, as we have already established, that the Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl and therefore coach Ron Rivera will be on deck for the dousing, we know the NFC winners in recent years have a preference for orange Gatorade.

Per Odds Shark, the New Orleans Saints dumped orange liquid on coach Sean Payton following their Super Bowl 44 win, and the Green Bay Packers stayed the course the next year, treating coach Mike McCarthy to an orange bath after their win.

But perhaps most importantly, the Panthers themselves soaked Rivera in orange Gatorade after their NFC Championship Game win over the Arizona Cardinals, so it seems like a safe choice.


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