Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, one of the most important nights in sports is upon us. Super Bowl 50 will be played next Sunday by the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers.
There are people labeling it as a battle of a New-School quarterback (Cam Newton) against an Old-School quarterback (Peyton Manning), but that’s just one of the many challenges that will take place on the Santa Clara turf.
For example is also a battle between a team founded in 1960 to be part of the extinct AFL and that joined the NFL as part of the merger (Broncos), against a fairly new one, founded in 1995 (Panthers). The Broncos arrive at the Super Bowl for the eighth time (they won in 97 and 98 in the John Elway era) and the Panthers arrive at the big game for the second time (they lost the first time in 2003 to the Patriots, in Tom Brady’s first title).
Another interesting thing is: it will be the team with the best defense (Broncos) against the team with the best record. And this always begs the question: What will have more impact in a decisive game?
There’s a saying in sports that say: offense win you games, defense wins you championships, which would turn the balance Denver side, but my guess is that this time will be different.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: as a Saints fan, I wouldn’t want the Panthers to win because a) they are divisional rivals and b) I would love to have the Saints as the only Super Bowl champions in the NFC South forever. However, I can’t let that cloud my judgment about the game.
That said, I think the Panthers will win. Although Denver’s defense was the best in the league, let’s not forget they beat New England only because Gostkowski lost an extra-point in the first half. They didn’t actually hold the Patriots attack and I don’t think they can hold the Panthers’. Cam Newton is playing lights out and he is strong, mobile, good passer and outstanding runner. And he has great targets in Jerricho Cotchery, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess; too many weapons, rather tough for any defense.
Besides, the Panthers defense is fairly good and will be tough for Manning. And I still think he’s not 100%. However, he is Peyton Manning and if he is inspired the good Broncos offense might help and we can have an upset.
But I won’t stay on the fence on this one and say Panthers 38-28.
All in all, I’m anxious for Sunday night and regardless of what happens, it will be a ball!
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