What teams are playing in Super Bowl 50? NFL Playoffs finished today with four teams vying to be champs. But is it the Patriots, Broncos, Cardinals, or Panthers?
The Broncos won their conference championship game in a nail-biter. The Panthers won theirs in a blowout.
Regardless of how they got there, though, Denver and Carolina have one important thing in common: They’re both heading to California for Super Bowl 50.
Denver and Carolina, the top seeds in their respective conferences, will square off February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with the Lombardi Trophy on the line.
It’s the second Super Bowl trip in three years for the AFC champion Broncos, who are looking for their first title since John Elway and Co. won it all following the 1998 season. The NFC champion Panthers are making their second Super Bowl trip in franchise history, and the first since Carolina lost to New England in the 2003 season.
Like last year’s matchup between Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, the game features an intriguing contrast between high-profile quarterbacks. Peyton Manning of the Broncos is looking to go out on top in what could be the final game of a Hall of Fame career. Cam Newton of the Panthers, the favorite to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player, is looking to further cement his status as a superstar.
The Super Bowl appearance is the fourth for Manning, who’s 1-2 in his previous three appearances. His only victory came in his first trip, following the 2006 season.
It wasn’t clear until the final seconds of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Patriots that Manning and Co. would live to see another day. New England scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game, but the Broncos stopped a potential game-tying two-point conversion, then recovered the subsequent on-side kick to seal a 20-18 win.
Things went a lot more smoothly for the Panthers. Carolina scored the first 17 games of Sunday’s NFC title game rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
By the second quarter, they had been installed as betting favorites over the Broncos.
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