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Author: Trent Knight
February 7, 2016 marks the anniversary of our 50th Super Bowl. Tonight will feature the Carolina Panthers going head to toe against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Cam Newton has been showing the league what he is really made of in his 5th year as the Panther’s starting quarterback. Cam’s quickness and ability to throw on the run has really opened up the Panther’s offense not to mention the fact that he is without his number one receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin has been out for the majority season with a torn ACL.
Tonight’s lineup is highly anticipated as the number one and the sixth best defenses in the league battle it out in the trenches. As the Panther’s soared past Arizona in the NFC championship the Denver Broncos seemed to barley pull off the win against Tom Brady when the Broncos pulled off what could have been one of the biggest wins in the postseason. This year could easily be Peyton Manning’s last year as he inches closer to retirement. It will be up to Manning to lay it all out on the field one last time in hopes of bringing that coveted Lombardi trophy back to Denver. The sheriff has been playing good football in the postseason and he must maintain that level of play if the Broncos want a chance against this tough Panthers team. Another factor for the Broncos will be the pass rush upfront with Demarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe. The Broncos can put a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks and if they can get Cam to crumble they will have a serious shot at winning this game.
Still with this much pressure on the line it seems like the fortune will favor the youthful Cam over the aging Manning. The Panthers were the best team all year and Cam was the most valuable player in the league. That shouldn’t change tonight.
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