The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will play Super Bowl 50 in just a couple of hours. It's the culmination of a long 2015 season, one filled with weird twists and turns for Peyton Manning. In fact, he probably had the worst season of his career, was effectively benched -- and still ended up starting a Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Cam Newton emerged as an elite quarterback, leading his offense to consistent success despite having Ted Ginn Jr. as his primary wide receiver.
Both teams have outstanding defenses as well. Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib lead one, while Kawann Short, Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman head the other. Denver's slightly better on that side of the ball, and Carolina's a little banged up, but the difference isn't all that large.
So who will win tonight? I'm going with Peyton Manning and his last hurrah. He won't be able to do it by himself, but he's veteran enough to at least get some production against this tough Carolina defense, while Wade Phillips is going to find some way to stop Cam Newton. So I say: Broncos 21, Panthers 17.
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Super Bowl 50
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