The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are getting ready to play in the 2016 Super Bowl, the 50th edition of the biggest football game in the world. It's likely the final chance for Peyton Manning to win his second Super Bowl, and the first chance for Cam Newton win one. Those two quarterbacks are the headlines in the game, with Manning's recent HGH scandal, while Newton's a magnet for racist diatribes. Good fun!
But there's a lot more going on. Both teams have dominant defenses, with the Broncos stifling whoever they faced this year. Von Miller's a terror on the defensive line, and Aqib Talib leads a terrific secondary. But the Panthers have Josh Norman and Luke Kuechly in coverage, not to mention Kawann Short leading a strong pass rush. This is going to be a fascinating defensive game, as much as the focus will be on offense.
And then there's everything else that comes with a Super Bowl: Coldplay runs the Super Bowl halftime show, with Beyonce and Bruno Mars showing up. The commercials, which are good enough to tune in for for most people. And all of the food you want.
My prediction: The Panthers may be 5.5-point favorites, but Peyton Manning pulls out everything he can to win his final big game, right before he retires. He's no longer the player he used to be, but he's had a strong postseason. And mostly, that Denver defense is just ridiculous. Will that be enough to win the game? I think so.
How to watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:35 p.m. ET
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Online: Verizon NFL Mobile