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Super Bowl L: The clash of two NFL titans

February 5, 2016

Sunday marks the 50th time a Super Bowl has been played. Two NFL titans will clash as they seek the title of champion. Super Bowl 50 will be a dogfight between the Carolina Panthers (15-1) and the Denver Broncos (12-4).

The Panthers organization played their first season in 1995. They’ve made seven playoff appearances, six of those earned from winning their division. This will mark their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, with their first attempt resulting in a close 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots, in 2003.

The 2015-2016 Panthers, led by head-coach Ron Rivera, are equipped with a high-power offense. They’ll be led by 6’5”, 245 pound, fifth-year starting quarterback Cam “Superman” Newton. Cam is arguably the most dynamic and versatile athlete to ever play his position. The Panthers are also just as lethal on defense. This Panther D is fast, aggressive, and physical. Led by stud middle-linebacker Luke Keuchly, with the help of Josh Norman at the defensive-back position. Also, be sure to lookout for outside-linebacker, Thomas Davis, who despite breaking his arm in the NFC Championship against the Arizona Cardinals, will be active in Sunday’s matchup.

The Denver Broncos are a more established organization and started their franchise in 1960. The Broncos have made twenty-two playoff appearances, earned by winning their division fifteen times, with the 2015 season marking the fifth consecutive year. Eight trips have led to Super Bowl appearances, winning twice, both occurred under the reign of legend John Elway. The Broncos made their latest Super Bowl appearance in 2013, when they were dominated by the Seattle Seahawks in a 43-8 loss.

The 2015-2016 Broncos, led by head-coach Gary Kubiak, are a more well-rounded team. They will once again be led by fourteen time pro-bowler and future Hall-of-Famer, Peyton “The Sheriff” Manning. Peyton already has one ring with the Indianapolis Colts and is seeking his second. At age 39, this appears to be Manning’s last year in the league. Manning defeated his greatest rival, Tom Brady, in the AFC Championship, which will also likely be the last “Manning-Brady showdown”.

The Sheriff has the weapons to win, with wide-receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and the strong running game of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

Despite a strong offense, the Broncos rely heavily on their #1 ranked defense. Their defense D is led by pass rushers Demarcus Ware and Von Miller and a nasty secondary, led by shutdown corner Aqib Talib.

Super Bowl 50 is shaping up to be a defensive battle. Will the last chapter in the “Book of Manning” end with a ring, or will Superman come to rule the gridiron and earn the Panthers their first ever Super Bowl victory? Be sure to tune in this Sunday to find out.

Samuel Motta
Contributing Writer

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