Championship Sunday threw up some very interesting story lines in the NFL as we saw two veteran quarterbacks mauled in very different ways.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was brutalised by a very aggressive Denver Broncos pass rush while Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was just picked apart again and again by the Carolina Panthers secondary.
Clash of the number ones
The Panthers and Broncos both finished the regular season as the number one seed in each conference and will now both head to San Francisco for the landmark Super Bowl 50.
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Both teams may be ranked number one in their conferences, but for the Broncos defenders, it's another number one they're focused on now.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has earned a lot of praise this year and him and his high flying offense will give a very stern test to the Broncos.
One of the stars of Denver's incredible defensive season this year is cornerback Aqib Talib who has come away with three interceptions - two of which he ran back for touchdowns.
Talking after the Broncos' Super Bowl rivals were revealed, Talib was full of praise for the man he will be trying to stop in two weeks time.
"He's throwing the ball amazing right now. And you know what he can do with his legs. He's the best of both worlds, he's probably the most dangerous [quarterback] in the NFL right now." - Talib on Newton
It's hard to argue that Newton is the best quarterback in the NFL this year as he has contributed a total of 50 touchdowns to the Panthers season so far (38 TD passes & 12 rushing touchdowns).
Everybody wants to see a Super Bowl filled with touchdowns, but with two great defensive units out there, scoring won't come easy.
The Broncos only allowed an average of 18.5 points per game in regular season while the Panthers defense only allowed 19.3 points per game.
There were both within the top 10 for total yards allowed during the regular season and neither averaged over 90 rushing yards allowed per game.
Super Bowl 50 should be a great defensive battle, but it's not really unthinkable that either offensive unit could hit their stride and find a way to score big in the big one.
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