The Denver Broncos will face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Panthers annihilated the Cardinals in the NFC Championship while the Broncos won a thriller against the Patriots…
The Denver Broncos made it to the Super Bowl just as John Elway had intended — Kicking and screaming. The Carolina Panthers? Well, they just got there by kicking the Arizona Cardinals right in the you know where.
The Broncos will face off against the Panthers in Santa Clara for their second Super Bowl appearance in three seasons, while the Panthers are making their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. This is the third straight season that the top two seeds in the playoffs have made it to the Super Bowl.
Over the next two weeks, keep on celebrating. The early odds are favoring the Carolina Panthers, and perhaps rightfully so. The Panthers have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL this season and have lost only one game all year. The Broncos have the top defense in the league and the legendary Peyton Manning on their side, though he hasn’t been anywhere near the Manning we saw in 2013 when the team last went to the Super Bowl.
This isn’t a lot like the Broncos’ last Super Bowl, but in certain ways it is. The roles have just reversed. The Panthers boast a big time offensive attack, featuring Cam Newton, the league’s likely runaway most valuable player. The Broncos had the league’s unquestioned MVP in 2013 in Manning, but were facing off against the league’s top defense in the Seattle Seahawks. This time around, the Broncos have the top defense, one that just punched Tom Brady and the Patriots in the mouth for 60 minutes in a heavyweight bout of two legendary quarterbacks in this league.
For the next couple of weeks, allow yourself to celebrate the greatness that was this season, one filled with incredible memories from start to finish. The Broncos are not done yet, and they face their toughest opponent yet on the first weekend in February.