It’s nearly upon us, but there can only be one winner. The Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. for Super Bowl 50. Here’s why the Broncos will be lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy come Feb. 7.
It’s going to be a fierce contest as the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos go head-to-head for bragging rights as Super Bowl 50 champs at the 49ers Levi’s Stadium in Calif. There can only be one victor though, and it’s hard to look past Peyton Manning leading his Broncos to glory on the big day for one final hurrah before possibly hanging up his cleats.
Here’s why the Broncos have got this. Defense wins Super Bowls. It always has and always will. Assembled by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, they have one of the best defensive minds in the game today, ready for anything Cam Newton and the Panthers can throw at them. Plus, with defensive outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller alongside safety T.J. Ward, they are nearly impossible to get past. They are much stronger defensively than when they lost Super Bowl XLVIII to Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
The Manning factor. Sure, he’s had a pretty awful season by his standards, with the second most interceptions against his name in the NFL this season, despite only playing 7 full games. But he has the experience of playing in this occasion. During his distinguished 18-year career he has played in two Super Bowls, tasting victory in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts by beating the Chicago Bears.
Panthers star running back Jonathan Stewart, who has never ran for less than 50-yards in a game this season, isn’t fully fit. Yes he was taken off the Panthers’ injury report on Feb. 3, but without a single practice under his belt in the first week of Super Bowl prep — how long can he last on the field?
Broncos no. 2 receiver Emmanuel Sanders is in the form of his life, with 85 and 62 receiving yards in his last two games. He’s also led the team with 14.9 yards reception this past season and his lightning pace makes it hard to catch him when he’s in possession. In the end, the Broncos have just too much defense, and just enough gas in Peyton’s tank to bring home the bacon. Or in this case the pigskin. My prediction Denver 24, Panthers 14.
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