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Super Bowl 50: Broncos defeat Panthers, 24-10

Dominant Denver defense leads Broncos to victory

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UPDATE: Broncos win, 24-10.


Super Bowl 50 (6:35 p.m. ET/CBS) will pit the NFC champion Carolina Panthers (17-1) vs. the AFC champion Denver Broncos (14-4). The Panthers are 3.5-point favorites in a game that will be a matchup of teams who are opposites.

The Broncos are led by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. The 39-year-old Manning was largely responsible for changing the way the quarterback position is played but is now just a shell of what he once was and could be playing his final NFL game Sunday evening.

The Panthers are led by Cam Newton, the future of the quarterback position and a man who plays it in a way that it has never been played before.

Denver is the league's best defensive team, giving up just 283.1 yards per game. The Broncos had a league-best 52 sacks during the regular season. Carolina has the league's highest-scoring offense, averaging 31.3 points per game.

The Broncos are in the Super Bowl for the eighth time, tying the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh Steelers most Super Bowl appearances. The Panthers are appearing for just the second time and have never won a Super Bowl title.

Manning, who won Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts, can become the first starting quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. He is already the first quarterback to lead two franchises to multiple Super Bowl appearances.

What you need to know

When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:35 p.m. ET

Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.


Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn

Online: Verizon NFL MobileCBS Sports

Odds: Panthers -3.5

Halftime show: Coldplay, featuring Beyonce and Bruno Mars

Referee: Clete Blakeman

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