All the off-season work and preparation throughout the season was to hopefully put your team in position to make it to the Super Bowl. We are now at that juncture of the NFL season and the best teams of the NFC and AFC are duking it out for that opportunity.
The NFC was filled with stiff competition this year, but the Carolina Panthers were able to acquire the top seed with a franchise record 15-1 regular season record. Their quarterback, Cam Newton, was the consensus best player of the year in the NFL but says his only goal for the season is to “get that ring!”
The AFC also has great competitors with the likes of the Tom Brady led New England Patriots and Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos. The Patriots look to repeat as champions even amongst a slew of injuries. Tom Brady has experienced having battered up receiving corps in the past so it would be unwise to count him out (espn.com).
According to Las Vegas, the Arizona Cardinals under Bruce Arians are the favorites to win the Super Bowl despite having two more losses than their NFC counter, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are undefeated at home and the potential match-up between the Panthers and Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium for the NFC championship should up to be one for the ages (NFL.com)
Many NFL fans around the campus have been weighing in their opinion on the playoff race. Longtime Panther fan, Jacob Taylor (’17) feels as though his team is not getting the respect they deserve. “How can you have the best record in the league along with the best player and not be viewed as the favorites?” said Taylor.
“We will prove all the odds-makers and sports reporters wrong. I have the utmost faith in my team and we just have to keep pounding!” expressed Taylor. He like many other Panthers’ fans have ignored the criticism of many analysts out there and continue to stick by their team.
We do not know who will reign supreme after that final whistle at Super Bowl 50, but one thing is for certain, it will be quite the show for all of America to see.