The Carolina Panthers, with the #Broncos vs Panthers# league’s most valuable player in Cam Newton, will take on the Denver Broncos, with the Hall of Fame-bound Peyton Manning, today in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time on CBS with Jim Nantz doing the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Phil Simms providing commentary.
How to Watch Super Bowl 50 Live Stream Online
Don’t have a TV? You can still watch the biggest event of the year online: CBS plans to live stream Super Bowl 50
The Panthers and Broncos will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday with CBS’ pregame coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET across all platforms.
The CBS Sports app will also stream the NFL championship for users of Roku, Apple TV (third- and four-generation models only), Google Chromecast, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV models from Sony, Sharp and Phillips.
Security measures apparent at Super Bowl 50
Here’s the latest from Associated Press regarding security in the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50:
Security was heavy and visible Sunday around Super Bowl locations, from hotels in San Francisco to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Drones are banned around the stadium and there are overall flight restrictions.
And San Francisco will not have large-scale public viewing spot downtown, unlike the way the city offered such opportunities for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship runs in 2010, ’12 and ’14.
The FBI opened a multi-agency command post last week about six miles from Levi’s Stadium that will be continuously staffed.
Super Bowl 50 tickets
Ticket prices to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara dropped overnight, according to StubHub, but the average ticket is still going for $4,577 today. That’s $160 less than the average sales price on Saturday.
The least expensive tickets today are going for $2,785, an increase of $85 from Saturday.
The average sales price for a Super Bowl 50 ticket, StubHub reported, is $4,617. The least expensive ticket sold was $1,222, with the most expensive going for $27,983.
How does the average cost of a ticket to Super Bowl 50 compare to the two previous NFL championship games? A modest increase from the Patriots-Seahawks game last year in Glendale, Ariz., when the average price was $4,222.
Those average prices were a big jump from the Seahawks-Broncos game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The average ticket for that game went for $2,516.
Key players to watch in Super Bowl 50
PANTHERS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Mike Remmers, Offensive tackle
Starts on right side and is a good run blocker, but has been shaky in pass protection. He’ll be charged with neutralizing linebacker Von Miller. That’s not an enviable task, even with the elusiveness of quarterback Cam Newton (shown above with Remmers).
Shaq Thompson, linebacker
The rookie would step in for Thomas Davis if that veteran linebacker has more problems with his broken arm. Thompson was particularly effective in the conference title game in disrupting Larry Fitzgerald.
Graham Gano, kicker
Gano is experienced and can make pressure kicks, but five of his kicks have been blocked this season, including four field-goal tries. That’s scary.
BRONCOS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Bennie Fowler, receiver
In his second year out of Michigan State, Fowler has good size (6-1, 212 pounds) and uncommon speed. He made a huge third-down catch in the playoff win over Pittsburgh. He’s a dangerous weapon in the slot.
Brandon Marshall, linebacker
If he’s not the best inside linebacker in football, Marshall is at least in the conversation. Not only did he play the entire season with a screw in his foot, the screw was broken. He likely would have led the team in tackles but sat out the finale.
Matt Paridas, center
Has been an ever-improving anchor after spending last season on the practice squad. To play keep-away from Cam Newton, Paradis needs to have a big game.
PANTHERS WHO MUST COME THROUGH
Cam Newton, quarterback
Newton, the NFL’s 2015 most valuable player, is the league’s most dangerous pass-run threat. This is his first time on the NFL’s biggest stage, but so far he hasn’t shown a tendency to shrink in the spotlight.
Luke Kuechly, linebacker
The 2013 NFL defensive player of the year, Kuechly is the glue that holds together the spectacular Panthers defense. On top of being as good a tackler as there is in the game, he’s has had pick-six touchdowns in the last two games.
Ted Ginn Jr., receiver
Thanks in part to offensive coordinator Mike Shula, the speedy Ginn has emerged as the kind of threat lots of people anticipated he’d be. He scored 10 touchdowns this season after scoring 11 in his last eight seasons combined.
BRONCOS WHO MUST COME THROUGH
Peyton Manning, quarterback
Manning, the NFL’s only five-time most valuable player, might be at the end of his career. He made just enough throws in the Pittsburgh playoff game, then looked sharper against New England. He’ll need to be ultra-crisp in this one.
Von Miller, linebacker
Miller was a wrecking ball against the Patriots, proving to be nearly unblockable, sacking Tom Brady 2 1/2 times, and hitting him a bunch more. If he can get to Newton and force him into mistakes, the scale will tilt in favor of Denver.
Chris Harris, cornerback
Played injured against Pittsburgh, then against the Patriots had the clinching interception of Brady’s two-point conversion pass. The Panthers have so many offensive weapons, this will be the biggest test for this secondary.
How the Broncos and Panthers match up for Super Bowl 50
Breaking down the matchups when Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos meet in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. PST. The NFL’s championship game will be broadcast on CBS.
Broncos pass offense
vs. Panthers pass defense
Peyton Manning doesn’t have a lot of velocity on his throws, but he was sharper in the championship game than against Pittsburgh the week before. Emmanuel Sanders can stretch the field, and Owen Daniels has been hot lately in two-tight-end sets. Carolina’s ultra-athletic Josh Norman is the Odell Beckham Jr. of cornerbacks, and safety Kurt Coleman is an interception machine. The Panthers haven’t gotten a lot of pass-rush production out of their defensive ends, but tackle Kawaan Short has had a phenomenal year.
Broncos run offense
vs. Panthers run defense
C.J. Anderson is a bowling ball, and Ronnie Hillman has the quickness to get around the corner and home-run speed. Broncos right tackle Michael Schofield is a liability in pass protection but he’s a great run blocker, as is rookie guard Max Garcia. The Panthers have a stifling run defense, mainly because of linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. They’re dominant. Kuechly is incredibly adept at sniffing out where a play’s going, seemingly before the snap. Carolina doesn’t do anything tricky, just lets its athletes be athletes.
Panthers pass offense
vs. Broncos pass defense
Offensive coordinator Mike Shula has done an incredible job of getting the most out of Panthers receivers — and after losing star Kelvin Benjamin. Tight end Greg Olsen is Rob Gronkowski-like, and the speedy Ted Ginn Jr. is playing his best football (even if he has his drops). Denver’s pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware is a nightmare for quarterbacks, and they were on fire vs. Tom Brady. The Broncos have three of the best corners in the business in Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby, plus thumping safety T.J. Ward.
Panthers run offense
vs. Broncos run defense
The power and elusiveness of Cam Newton sends shudders through opposing defensive coordinators. He can do major damage with his feet — sweeps, counters, draws, and just improvisation. Otherwise, the Panthers run a lot of traditional two-back stuff with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. Denver’s big guys up front — especially Malik Jackson, Sylvester Williams, and Antonio Smith — are solid at the point of attack. Inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are terrific sideline-to-sideline trackers.
Not everything is top-notch with these teams. For instance, the Panthers were ranked last in kickoff returns (18.5-yard average) and the Broncos were 23rd (21.8). Otherwise, they both have solid punters in Denver’s Britton Colquitt and Carolina’s Brad Nortman, and reliable kickers in Denver’s Brandon McManus and Carolina’s Graham Gano. McManus had a remarkable performance in the divisional-round victory over Pittsburgh, nailing five field goals despite the 30 mph crosswinds coming off the mountains. The Broncos have a Swiss watch in long snapper Aaron Brewer.
Carolina’s Ron Rivera has done a remarkable job this season, leading his team to a 17-1 record despite losing star receiver Benjamin in training camp. The Panthers have cleaned up on takeaways (tops in NFL with 39, six more than second-place Arizona), limited turnovers, and — thanks in part to offensive coordinator Shula — have gotten the most out of Newton. Denver’s Gary Kubiak has done a good job with Manning, but that’s not an ideal quarterback for that offense. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has turned that unit into an undeniable beast.
With all the talk about Cam Newton and Peyton Manning this week, there’s been a tendency to overlook the Broncos defense. Those guys got after Tom Brady and, even though Newton is a completely different quarterback — and can trigger a hiccup of hesitation from those outside linebackers with his ability to run — Denver can put a spy on him and force him into mistakes. If Manning can protect the football and get the running game going to set up the play-action pass, the Broncos will pull off the upset. Carolina is not a great second-half team, so the key for Denver will be to hang tough for the first two quarters, then pull off the upset down the stretch.
BRONCOS 28, PANTHERS 24