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Four storylines to follow for Super Bowl 50

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The teams for Super Bowl 50 have been decided. The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers for the Vince Lombardi trophy on February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Both teams earned their spot on Sunday, with the Broncos defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game while the Panthers won against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship.

There's just under two weeks to the big game, and there are plenty of storylines to follow and talk about to make the time fly by. Here are four of the biggest storylines entering Super Bowl 50.


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Best offense vs Best defense

The unstoppable force vs the immovable object. That's the tale of the tape when watching the Panthers offense and the Broncos defense. Both have demonstrated their power on several occasions this season, including most recently in the divisional round and the conference championship game of the playoffs.

The Broncos defense, headlined by Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Danny Trevathan, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game. The Panthers offense, showcased by Cam Newton, Johnathon Stewart, Greg Olsen, Corey Brown, Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess, showed a team can survive without their top receiver. It's going to be a great clash to watch.

Peyton Manning's final game

It has been questioned by the media since his terrible run of form lead to him losing the starting quarterback job. Could this be Peyton Manning's last game in the NFL? At the moment, his final season is being written like a movie. Overcoming adversity to prevail against the toughest opponents, with one more obstacle on the horizon.

You couldn't make this up. It's been seen before with Ray Lewis back in the 2012 season, but this story is greater because of the mark Manning has left in the NFL, breaking records left, right and center. It's a fairytale which could have a very happy ending, but only Manning knows if this is his final game.

Cam Newton becoming elite

Newton is arguably the standalone 2015 NFL MVP for the 2015 season because no one has come close to what he has managed to do for the Panthers. At the start of the season, there was a worry after their top receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down with an injury and was sidelined for the year. That was followed by a clash between Newton and Josh Norman in training camp, which caused most people to rule the Panthers out.

Less than six months later, Newton has taken his team all the way to the Super Bowl with a 17-1 record via his passing and his running game, and accompanied by a great defense making them one of the best teams the league has ever seen. The loss against the Atlanta Falcons may have stopped them reaching perfection, but that won't matter if they lift the Lombardi trophy in a few weeks time.

Clash of the first overall picks

For the first time in Super Bowl history, two quarterbacks selected number one overall in their respective drafts with go head-to-head. You can tell the risk was worth it by what Manning has achieved in his career, and what Newton is already showing just a couple of years into his.

We're in for a good show on February 7. Make sure you don't miss it.

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