The stage has officially been set. The National Football League’s 50th edition of Super Bowl Sunday will feature both a familiar face, and an up-and-coming superstar. Here’s a look back on how we got to the Carolina Panthers facing off against Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Championship Sunday

 

Denver Broncos 20, New England Patriots 18

Despite the final score, the chasm of offensive efficiency between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots was much larger than two points.

The Denver Broncos defense regained elite form in the AFC Championship Game, holding MVP candidate Tom Brady to just one touchdown while forcing two interceptions and four sacks. The Broncos also held New England to only 25 yards rushing.

Without a doubt, the Patriots were missing the presence of a feature running back, but the narrative that will hold will be Peyton Manning gets the best of Brady, giving Manning the playoff record advantage at 3-2.

Carolina Panthers 49, Arizona Cardinals 15

The NFC Championship game was nowhere near as exciting as it’s counterpart, ending with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers dabbing their way into Super Bowl 50.

Carolina forced six turnovers and dropped 49 points, both NFC Championships records, en route to sending Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals packing. Now, the Panthers all-pro defense looks to dismantle the high-powered Denver offense, and go toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Denver defense, led by Von Miller.

Panthers nation, Broncos fans, we’ve got your Super Bowl travel packages! Complete with airfare, hotel accomodations and a ticket to the hottest VIP Tailgate in San Francisco, the 2016 Players Super Bowl Tailgate! Emceed by Erin Andrews, mingle with over 25 current NFL players, dine on a feast prepared by Guy Fieri and a team of celebrity chefs! It’s all included! Get your tickets today! 

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