Because the Panthers are so versatile, capable of chewing up the clock with a read-option running game but explosive in the passing game due to their speed threats such as Ted Ginn, what Phillips might come up with for Super Bowl Sunday is anyone’s guess.
“Oh, wow”, said Newton, whose Panthers opened as 4-point favorites with most bookmakers.
Davis’ teammates praised his toughness and said it’s hard to imagine anyone trying to tell him he couldn’t play in his first Super Bowl after spending his entire career trying to reach this pinnacle.
But this is a different version of Manning.
Yes, he’s still out there yelling “Omaha!”
Davis made it clear after the game yesterday that he would be ready to go for the Super Bowl and during his press conference on Monday Ron Rivera said that “this is an injury that he most certainly could play with”.
This has hardly been a record-setting season for Manning – or, until now, one worth remembering.
During his rookie season, he led the NFL in tackles and won the Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, becoming the third youngest recipient of this award in NFL history.
“My role has been different and my contributions are different”, Manning said. The Super Bowl 50 MVP could really be anyone’s award, but let’s look at the favorites.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. It was the type of dynamic performance he put in all season, the sort of promise he showed while winning a Heisman Trophy in college at Auburn. They haven’t matched up with many mobile quarterbacks, let alone someone as lethal with his legs as Carolina’s Cam Newton.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller was terrific Sunday, getting 21⁄2 sacks and an interception in a 20-18 victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.
Not only where they’ll be Buckeyes everywhere, they also helped their teams get to the Super Bowl, but making big plays in both the AFC and NFC Championship games. He’s started in 22 games for the Panthers. “One of the things Coach Ditka emphasized to us was to enjoy the moment”, said Rivera. “We wanted to keep the pressure on”.