Super Bowl 50 will feature a contest between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. While the Broncos will be making an NFL record-tying eighth appearance, the Panthers will be entering only their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
The biggest storyline going into the showpiece event is the possible retirement of Peyton Manning. After Denver’s 20-18 victory over the Patriots in the AFC Title Game last Sunday, Manning told New England coach Bill Belichick, “Hey listen, this might be my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure.”
At the conclusion of Brady-Manning XVII, NFL Network cameras caught Manning and Belichick embracing each other in a touching moment. Belichick responded, “You’re a great competitor…”
Manning, 5-time MVP, revealed earlier this month that retirement had crossed his mind on several occasions. “I’d be lying if I said I’m not thinking about that (retirement).”
Pushing 40, Manning is set to become the oldest quarterback to begin a Super Bowl in the history of the NFL. The game will mark his 293rd career game and 27th postseason appearance.
Will Broncos capture their first championship since 1999? Or will Cam Newton and the Panthers create history with a franchise-first coup? Who will hoist the prestigious Vince Lombardi Trophy?
Are you a betting man? A recent report revealed that a whopping $3.8 billion will be spent in illegal bets over Super Bowl 50.
Here is a low-down on everything you need to know about Super Bowl 50:
February 7, 2016
Kickoff is at 6.30 p.m ET.
Santa Clara, California
Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos
Betting Odds (Per Bovada)
Odds-On Favorites: Panthers (16-1)
Super Bowl MVP Odds
Cam Newton (5/7)
Peyton Manning (11/4)
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Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analysis), Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn (sideline).