Broncos, Panthers set to deliver Super finish to season

Thu Feb 4, 2016 8:09pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are primed to provide a grand finish worthy of a landmark Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and cap a season of celebration by the National Football League.

An estimated 190 million Americans and a worldwide TV audience are set to tune in for a game that has the hallmarks of an instant classic as Carolina's top-ranked offence clashes with Denver's number one defense in a Silicon Valley showdown for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The game will feature two generational talents on offense with Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on the cusp of greatness and five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning playing what could be his last game, but the victor will likely be determined by the play of the defenses.

"Our defense has just been exceptional all season long," praised Manning. "They have led the charge for us to be here from the get-go.

"Each game they had stepped up and done the job and they were awesome against Pittsburgh and against New England.

"They are the reason we're here and, like I said a couple weeks ago, I'm just glad that I don't have to play against them this year because they are that good."

Still, the spotlight will not stray far from the two quarterbacks who bring contrasting styles and personalities to the championship game.

Newton, 26, is a flashy, brash imposing quarterbacking cyborg who can beat an opponent with his arm and his feet.   Continued...

Feb 3, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) addresses the media at press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports