We’re just hours away from Super Bowl 50 from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are looking for their third Super Bowl victory, while the Panthers are looking for their first.
The Panthers are the odds-on favorite in the game, and they also come in to the game with the better record. The Panthers will defeat the Broncos, 20-7, to win the Super Bowl’s golden game, according to our whatifsports.com simulation.
The Panthers held the ball for 30 minutes and 17 seconds, while the Broncos had it for 29 minutes and 43 seconds. Carolina also out gained Denver, as they had 261 yards to 250 yards.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning went 12 of 25 for 129 yards and two interceptions. Manning struggled like he did much of this season in his final NFL game, as he’s expected to retire in the coming days.
C.J. Anderson led the Broncos with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ronnie Hillman had 40-yards, while Manning added four-yards. Juwan Thompson had three-yards.
Demaryius Thomas had 61 receiving yards, while Emmanuel Sanders had 34-yards. Jordan Norwood had 25-yards and Virgil Green had seven-yards. Owen Daniels had two-yards.
Cam Newton – whose playing in his first Super Bowl in his career – went 11 of 14 for 196 yards and a touchdown.
Mike Tolbert had 26 rushing yards, while Jonathan Stewart had 22-yards. Fozzy Whittaker and Newton had 13 yards each, while Newton also scored a touchdown.
Greg Olsen had a 103 yards and a touchdown. Stewart added 35 receiving yards, while Jerricho Cotchery had 26 yards. Ted Ginn Jr. had 17 yards and Corey Brown had 15-yards.
The Panthers defense was led by Josh Norman and Colin Jones, who had four tackles each. Tré Boston, Wes Horton, A.J. Klein, Mario Addison, Charles Johnson and Roman Harper each had three tackles.
Cortland Finnegan, Kony Ealy, Kurt Coleman, Dwan Edwards and Collin Cole had two tackles each. Coleman also had an interception and Edwards had a sack.
Josh Bush led the Broncos defense with five tackles, while Todd Davis and Curtis Marsh added three tackles each. DeMarcus Ware had three tackles and a sack, while Antonio Smith – whose playing in this game after the death of his father earlier this week – also had three tackles.
Danny Trevathan, Brandon Marshall, Derek Wolfe and Sione Fua each had two tackles.
Graham Gano made a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter for the 20-7 lead. Olsen caught a 25-yard touchdown reception from Newton for the 17-7 earlier in the third.
With 31 seconds left before halftime, Anderson put the Broncos on the board when he scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown. The Broncos trailed 10-7 at this point.
Gano made it 10-0 when he made a 35-yard field goal at 4:20 in the second quarter. Newton scored on a two-yard run in the first quarter.
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