Everything you need to know about Carolina vs. Denver Super Bowl 50.

Break out the snacks, get your friends and grab a beer— Super Bowl Sunday is upon us.

Yes friends, the pinnacle of football comes this Sunday as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know for Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers

The Panthers come into this game favored by five to beat the Broncos.  In the playoffs, the Panthers rolled through the competition, blowing out both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals to get to Santa Clara. They feature a tough defense excelling at creating turnovers, leading the NFL in takeaways. The offense has arguably the best weapon in the NFL with quarterback Cam Newton. Newton has put together an MVP-worthy performance this season throwing 35 touchdowns and rushing for 10 more.

The Denver Broncos

The Broncos come into the game as a surprising underdog to even make the Super Bowl. After beating an injured Pittsburgh Steelers team, Peyton Manning and company went into Foxboro upsetting rival Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Broncos sport arguably the best defense in the NFL, leading in many major categories including yards allowed and points-per-game. On the other side of the ball, the Broncos are led by future hall of famer Peyton Manning— likely playing his final season. Manning may not be the star quarterback he once was—evidenced by his benching mid-season—but he’s done enough to get the Broncos to this point.

Keys to Victory

For the Panthers to win, they’ll have to force Manning to make mistakes and capitalize on turnovers as Denver’s defense may limit the Panthers’ offense.

For the Broncos to win, they’ll have to be careful with the ball and force Carolina into a low-scoring affair. Most importantly though, they need to stop Cam Newton as he’s the key for the Panthers.

Prediction:

In the end, while the Broncos may have one of the best defenses in NFL history, no team has been able to slow Newton down, let alone stop him. The Panthers defense excels at creating turnovers and Manning has had more turnovers this season then he’s had since the 90’s. The Panthers should win this one 24-17.

Joshua Svetz

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