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Broncos, Panthers demeanour for rise opening in Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers weren’t ostensible to be here. Nor were a Denver Broncos.

The Panthers mislaid their best receiver in a summer to a season-ending knee injury.

The Broncos mislaid their Hall of Fame-bound quarterback during midseason, and didn’t get him behind until a finish of a year.

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But here they stand, one step divided from a NFL mountaintop, pitted conflicting any other in Super Bowl 50, a golden anniversary of a game’s biggest stage.

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“This is an opportunity; we usually get so many of them,” pronounced Panthers Coach Ron Rivera, who won a ring as a immature Chicago Bears linebacker in 1985. “When we played, we were a youngest group to win a Super Bowl, and a lot of people thought, ‘They’ll get a possibility to come back.’ Well, we never done it back. I’m perplexing to make certain a guys know that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime possibility and we have to take advantage of that now.”

This matchup facilities dual superb defenses — Denver is No. 1, Carolina is No. 6 — conflicting quarterbacks who reside during conflicting ends of a character spectrum, a Broncos’ Peyton Manning and Panthers’ Cam Newton. For a initial time, it’s a showdown between dual quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall.

Manning, 39, and Newton, 26, are distant by 13 years and 48 days. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s a largest age opening between starting quarterbacks in a Super Bowl, leading a 12 years, 250 days between Manning and Seattle’s Russell Wilson in 2012.

Likewise, Manning and Newton had vastly opposite forms of seasons, even nonetheless they both wound adult in a Super Bowl.

Newton had a best year of his career, throwing for 35 touchdowns and using for 10.

The Road to Super Bowl 50

The Road to Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers will play a Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara. Until then, we can find all of a Super Bowl coverage from a first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship to a final diversion of a 2015 season.

The Carolina Panthers will play a Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara. Until then, we can find all of a Super Bowl coverage from a first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship to a final diversion of a 2015 season.

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Manning was sidelined for 6 of a final unchanging deteriorate games with a ripped plantar fascia in his left foot, an damage that could have been a career-ender. He returned in a culmination conflicting San Diego to lead a Broncos to a come-from-behind win — key, since it cumulative them a No. 1 seed in a AFC instead of promulgation them on a highway as a No. 5 — and played gradually improved in playoff victories over Pittsburgh and New England.

The doubt that has percolated in a rave to this diversion concerns either Manning, who is 1-2 in Super Bowl appearances, will travel divided from his personification career when a time hits 0:00. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, a Broncos’ tip football executive, finished his storied career with a flourish, winning back-to-back Super Bowls.

“It doesn’t occur for usually anybody,” pronounced Denver Coach Gary Kubiak, Elway’s longtime backup. “It’s tough adequate to get to this game, and when guys have an event to go out that way… that’s really special.”

The Broncos and Panthers have played any other 4 times in their history, and usually once with their stream quarterbacks during a helm. In that 2012 game, Denver posted a 36-14 feat and sacked Newton 7 times.

This is a eighth Super Bowl entrance for a Broncos, restraining them for a many with Pittsburgh, New England and Dallas. Their dual wins were with Elway during quarterback, and they were blown out by a Seahawks dual years ago, 43-8.

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In fact, when Denver loses a Super Bowl, it tends to go down in flames. The Broncos’ 5 waste came by a total measure of 206-58.

The Panthers, who played their initial diversion in 1995, have been to one Super Bowl, narrowly losing to a Patriots, 32-29, with Jake Delhomme during quarterback.

Carolina is one of 13 active franchises that has never won a Super Bowl. The group scarcely went undefeated this season, winning a initial 14 games before stumbling during Atlanta, 20-13. The Panthers won their culmination conflicting Tampa Bay to finish a league-best 15-1, afterwards kick Seattle and Arizona in a playoffs.

Whether it’s genuine or simply conjured for effect, a account that Carolina isn’t as good as a record has been like rocket fuel for a Panthers, who constantly contend they feel disrespected.

“The some-more we won, a some-more people wanted to tell us because we couldn’t continue to win,” parsimonious finish Greg Olsen said. “I consider a lot of it is, we’re maybe not required with what everybody sees now in a NFL these days. The tip teams are throwing for a million yards, throwing a round 40 times a game. That’s not going to be us.

“We’ve got a quarterback who’s going to run it as good as anybody in a league. We’re going to palm a round off 20-plus times a game…. We’ve got guys entrance in motion. We’ve got guys going all over a place in a run game. we usually don’t know if people have wrapped their conduct around it yet.”

The Broncos have spent a past dual weeks preparing, perplexing to hang their heads around it. Now, they’ll try to see if they can do a same with their arms.

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