Five players who could have impact on Super Bowl outcome

Thu Feb 4, 2016 8:30pm EST
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(Reuters) - Five players who could have a game-changing impact in Sunday's Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.


The Carolina Panthers quarterback Newton has dominated the headlines all season and has not shrunk from the spotlight in the run-up to Super Bowl 50. At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Newton is the game's most powerful dual threat weapon and will force the Denver defense to decide whether to focus on his passing or running lanes. Nicknamed Superman, Newton's big-play ability, and demonstrative celebrations, can quickly swing momentum for the Panthers and their fans.

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When the Denver Broncos reached the Super Bowl two years ago, Pro Bowl linebacker Miller was sidelined with a torn ACL. He will get his chance to make up for lost time as he is tasked with harassing Newton on Sunday. Miller is one of the best in the NFL at getting to the quarterback and one of the faces of a top-rated defense that has already made mincemeat of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger this season. Newton, however will provide a different kind of challenge for Miller and the Broncos.

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LUKE KUECHLY   Continued...

Feb 2, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton addresses the media at press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose McNery Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports -