Super Bowl 50 Preview

The NFL will celebrate a half-century of Super Bowls today when the Denver Broncos battle the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.  It's the league's Golden Game, pitting the Broncos' number-one defense against the Panthers' top-scoring offense.  At quarterback, it's a matchup between the 39-year-old stoic Peyton Manning and the brash 26-year-old Cam Newton.  The age disparity is the largest among starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. 

Manning is 1-and-2 all-time in the Super Bowl, having most recently lost with Denver to the Seahawks two years ago.  It's widely speculated that this will be the final game of Manning's career.  Newton, meanwhile, is a leading MVP candidate after guiding the Panthers to 17 wins in 18 games so far this season, including a perfect 10-and-0 mark at home.  Denver is 2-and-5 all-time in the Super Bowl, while Carolina is 0-and-1.  Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem, and Coldplay and Beyonce will entertain the sold-out crowd at halftime.  The game will be telecast on CBS, which will be using roughly 70 cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective for viewers at home. 

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